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West Side Main Street Seeing Success

Reported by: Send eMail Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 11, 2013 11:30 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 1:17 PM EST

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West Side Developments
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Big things are happening on Charleston's West Side.

On Wednesday, West Side Main Street Executive Director Stephanie Johnson told members of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority at their monthly meeting that the organization has had its biggest year yet.

Johnson said not only were the Business Expo and OctoberWest huge successes, but she's noticing an "exciting pop of energy on the West Side."

Facade grants, a new logo and updated paint is breathing new life into the area, and Johnson said more projects are planned for 2014.

"We really want to build upon the art that we have going on on the West Side, so we're looking at other places that we could potentially do a mural," she said. "And also in the future we definitely see building our entrepreneurial education program, maybe for youth and building the resources that we offer to business owners."

Also at the meeting, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority said the West Side Streetscape Project will start soon. A design meeting was scheduled for later in the day on Wednesday.

Leaders are talking about making improvements to sidewalks, curbs and overhead utility lines from Hunt to West avenues as part of this project.



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