CURA building on Summers Street used in Spencer Elliott music video
Andrew B. Jordon
Karen W. Haddad
Lew C. Tyree COL (Ret)
Charles R. "Rusty" Webb
Mary Jean Davis
Since it's inception in 1952, The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority (CURA) has strived to aid in redevelopment and contribute to the vitality of the City of Charleston. Working with residents, businesses, and city leaders, CURA provides financial and administrative assistance to support redevelopment activities throughout the city. These include land assembly, parks, recruitment and sale of land for development of private business sites, streetscape improvements, retail space leasing, improvement grants and neighborhood revitalization. CURA's mission includes new investment stimulation within its renewal areas — significant new development that is compatible with the character and goals of the surrounding renewal area. Projects which meet this test are welcome and will be assisted by CURA.
Community Renewal Plans are approved by the Board of Commissioners and City Council and are area specific with a specified term (lifespan of plan). Currently, there are three active renewal plans – Shrewsbury/Smith Streets; East End and West Side.
Governed by seven commissioners appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council, CURA holds regular meetings at 9 am on the second Wednesday of each month and special meetings at the call of the chairman. Major past projects of CURA are the Charleston Town Center and Marriott Hotel land assembly; Capitol Market; building demolition and Clay Center funding.
To act as a catalyst for encouraging continual growth, development and enhancement for the revitalization of the City of Charleston.
To provide the leadership and resources within the area over which CURA has jurisdiction that facilitate an environment that stimulates private investment where demand exceeds supply for residential and business development.