South Charleston Changes Set to Bring Big Economic Impact

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Big change is in the works for the South Charleston area and city officials are describing it as “game changer” not only for the city but also for the state.

South Charleston City Manager, Rick Atkinson, met with long-time residents of South Charleston Wednesday night to provide updates on the Jefferson Road Project and the Park Place Commercial Center. 

The Jefferson road project will widen Jefferson Road to four lanes in the hope of easing traffic congestion for drivers along Corrdior G and MacCorkle Avenue. 

According to Atkinson, work is also moving along to develop the park place property
across from the Riverwalk plaza along MacCorkle Avenue. While Atkinson couldn’t confirm what stores and restaurants are coming to that area, the city manager did tell 13 News that all major tenants for the plaza are already leased!

“The goal is to provide new economic opportunities for South Charleston to make sure we continue to grow and to make sure we are able to continue to provide the services that we are known for,” Atkinson. Currently, South Charleston brings in half a billion dollars a year in retail sails.

“It will be a positive not only for South Charleston, but also for the whole region,” added Atkinson. 

The construction bid for the project should be finalized in January. Atkinson says the total project should take about three years, so people can expect a new place to shop in South Charleston by 2021.  

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