"Once we sign off on this, how much are we committing to this program?" asked Commissioner Karen Haddad.
Commissioners didn't have an immediate answer, but Haddad said budgeting $100,000 in the next fiscal year might be a good place to start -- $25,000 in matching funds for each area.
In other business, plans to readopt West Side and Downtown/Old Charleston urban renewal areas are still underway. CURA Director Jim Edwards said the final hearing addressing them will be held Nov. 4.
CURA is also continuing its pursuit of the East End Historic District survey and nomination. Being a designated historic district makes homeowners and businesses eligible for tax credits and incentives for restoration projects, Edwards said.
Stephanie Johnson, director of West Side Main Street, provided CURA with numbers from this year's Oktoberwest -- the organization's Bavarian-style celebration and fundraiser.
The gathering brought in $6,000 from ticket sales and $30,000 from sponsorships sold prior to the event, she said. She expects it will net about $25,000.
The state issued a notice for CURA to proceed with its West Side streetscape projects. The next phase is scheduled to take place on Hunt Avenue and head east toward West Avenue, Edwards said.
In closed session, CURA commissioners discussed the organization's offer to purchase property located at 1601 Washington St. E.
"We're optimistic that the court's going to agree to sell the property to us in the next few weeks," Edwards said of the purchase.
Also, commissioners decided during closed session to enter into negotiations with a developer regarding the Chamberlain Court rowhouses in the East End.
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