EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSLACK PLAZA IMPROVEMENTS
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Planning Is Moving Forward On Slack Plaza, Construction Far Off
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: May. 25, 2012 6:59 PM EDT
Updated: May. 26, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
"We've been concerned that the plaza has not worked as it was originally intended for some time," said City Manager David Molgaard.
Slack Plaza may be considered old, plain, hot, and not very functional. But city leaders have plans to change that.
"We needed to address all of those issues and we have some concepts," said Molgaard.
Those concepts cost money though.. lots of it.
"We're probably looking at millions of dollars as opposed to hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Molgaard.
The city of Charleston recently received a grant to help fund a master plan and some small projects.
"And now are ready to go ahead and move forward at least with parts of the vision that the community came up with," said Charleston Area Alliance Vice President Susie Salisbury.
Slack Plaza may be considered a bit out of date so to bring it into the future organizers say there will be more green space, more lighting, and also a more comfortable feel so more people will come to the park.
"Still keeping that transportation piece of it I think is really key but enhancing it for both bicycle and pedestrians as well," said Salisbury.
"I walk down the alley in the mornings and there are some shady characters.. it would be nice if it felt more safe," said Bus Rider Robin Carnell.
Robin Carnell uses Slack Plaza daily and says not only is it not safe sometimes, it's also not a place she would bring her daughter.
"It would be nice to be a park because I walk to celebration station with my little girl and I'd rather have a park closer," said Carnell.
Even though progress is being made on the park, you will have to be patient if you want to see any major changes.
"We might see something in terms of construction this time next year," said Molgaard.
The master plan and also some smaller projects could begin in a matter of months. Those smaller projects may include improving the crosswalks around the park and improving the storm drainage system.
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