What if this empty, rarely used alley downtown were a dynamic outdoor space providing public restrooms and a safe gathering/event space?
That’s our vision! That’s why City staff have applied for a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development grant from the Municipal Association of SC. Here’s the best part about this grant opportunity: like many grants, it requires a match from the City. In this case 15%. But it doesn’t have to be in cash–it can be in in-kind contributions.
This project was one our recently passed City Administrator Eddie Case was excited about. And I am glad we are moving forward to try to make this vision a reality. More details about project costs and potential in-kind contributions will be presented to Council at the next Business Meeting, where we’ll be asked to pass a resolution supporting the grant application.
This is a great opportunity for us to make the most of underutilized public spaces in our historic downtown, which requires attention to pedestrian amenities as it continues to grow. This project will be great for downtown, our residents, and economic development.