A West Side resident, McGill said she wanted to be a part of the Main Street program because she had always enjoyed community development.
"It's something that's a local investment," McGill said. "It's community-driven."
The organization has nearly 200 volunteers working on various projects and events throughout the year.
While the West Side has come a long way, there's still plenty more to do, McGill said.
The Main Street program works in increments, she said. It's a slow pace that's often discouraging for people, she said.
The nonprofit has a five-year plan for a streetscape project. Next on the list is the middle section of Washington Street, from Beatrice Street to Maryland Avenue. The streetscape plan depends on federal funding, which is often difficult to come by these days, she said.
West Side Main Street is also working with the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board members to put a dog park in one of CURA's vacant lots. It is also working to put a farmers market in a vacant lot at Beatrice and Washington. WSMS did a pilot project last year for the farmers market. This year the program received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the farmers market.
Fertig said the extension office has worked with the WSMS board to finalize a job description and they plan to post the position by mid-March. Those interested in applying will be able to find the posting at www.westsidemainstreet.org.
"I hope people continue to support the organization," McGill said. "What they're doing is really important and the revitalization of the West Side is an important activity. I hope people will stay energized in it. I think we've made really good progress and I'd like to see that continue."
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.