CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - This is Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley's final year in office. Tuesday night, in his last state of the city address, he shared his vision for Charleston's future.
"We are also proud of the recognition and acclaim that Charleston has received, but we are not resting on any laurels," said Riley.
Mayor Riley began his final State of the City address talking about the most expensive project in the city's history. The $143 million Gaillard Performance Hall which should be completed this year.
"It will be one of the finest concert halls in America. I believe one of the most significant buildings in Charleston's history," said Riley.
Riley also has high hopes for the development of the International African American Museum. It is planned to be built by 2017.
"The museum will enlighten all of us about our country's history and a part of American history that which we know about so little," said Riley.
Moving to West Ashley, Riley's vision of revitalization centers around remodeling the Citadel Mall by turning it into an open air mall with offices and apartments above the stores.
"Which in many respects will be West Ashley's downtown. West Ashley's retail infrastructure is ready for its enhancement as well," said Riley.
Riley is one of the longest serving mayors in the nation and has seen tremendous growth for the City of Charleston in his 39 years.
"We have accomplished so much together, but we've got so much to do. This will be, as it should be, a very busy year ahead," said Riley.
Riley also plans on developing more police and fire stations in West Ashley in efforts to increase public safety.