Plans to renovate Concord Park shown to public

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An area that was once destroyed by Hurricane Hugo is finally on its way to being restored. The Concord Park off Concord and Calhoun Streets is the focus of renovation by city leaders.

On Tuesday, the master plans for the park project were shown to the public in a drop-in style meeting on the park grounds.

"We're really looking forward to turning it into a park that's more than just soccer fields," said Matt Compton, deputy director of parks.

The layout includes a fountain, walk-ways, soccer fields and landscaping. The cost is $6 million, but city leaders said that tax payers won't have to pay a dime.

"The city sold part of the land to a developer which will cover the cost of the renovations," Compton said.

One neighbor who attended the meeting said he was ready to see something done with the land.

"It will be a win-win situation for everyone in Charleston who wants to enjoy it," said Bob Kosian, a neighbor who has lived across from the park for 10 years.

The city will start taking bids in three to four months. There is an 18-month window for the project to be completed.  It's expected to be finished by 2013.

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