Mayor Riley delivers State of the City address

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - From crime to construction, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley touched on a number of topics during his State of the City address Monday night. Riley also announced a major downtown redevelopment that included a hotel, more than 200 new apartments, offices and retail space.

In the mayor's State of the City address, Riley said the $80,000,000 development will take place at Spring and King streets and will include the restoration of the old C&S bank building.

The mayor also spoke about the decline of crime in the city citing "substantial reductions" over the last four years. Riley said when official FBI crime statistics are released later this year he anticipates seeing an overall reduction of crime reaching 55% since 2007.

The mayor also mentioned the arson fires that have been plaguing a part of the downtown community. Riley said that police and fire officials are working together in "an intense investigative process" to find those responsible.

"We have established a $50,000 reward for information lead to the arrest or the person or persons responsible," Riley stated in his address."We are confident that we can do that, but we need everyone's help."

The Charleston Harbor deepening project was also mentioned in the address.

"This project is so important to the present and future economy of this city and of our state," Riley said."I will continue to work with Jim Newsome and the Ports Authority and members of our national legislative delegation with President Obama to make sure that this important project moves forward."

Regarding the construction on the Crosstown, Riley said the work would continue until May and then continue with the next phase.

"We have submitted a grant before the State Infrastructure Bank that we are hopeful will be funded with city generating funds matching the State Infrastructure funding, which will allow this project to continue in construction until completion,"Riley said.

Riley also say fundraising for an African American museum will begin in the coming months.

To read Mayor Joe Riley's State of the City address click here.

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