City invites public input for Upper Peninsula redevelopment

Published: Jul. 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM EDT
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A meeting Thursday evening will help City of Charleston leaders better define their goals for the Upper Peninsula portion of town.

 It's often referred to as, "NoMo" or, "Charleston up." The Upper Peninsula is a 865-acre area that stretches from Huger Street up to Mt. Pleasant Street. 

City leaders feel the district is transitioning from an industrial area to an urban area. As that transition happens, leaders want to ensure the development is happening in a smart way. 

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said he expects the number one concern at the meeting will be the need for affordable housing. 

"Affordable is important because market race will happen on it's own and you that, too," said Mayor Riley. "We want to make sure that there are working entry level jobs and people with modest resources have a chance to live in this exciting section, as well." 

While Mayor Riley could not give an exact timeline for development in the district, he did say the City's planning department is ready to move quickly. 

The meeting will be held at 5:30 at the International Longshoremen's Association, located at 1142 Morrison Dr.

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