The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority has joined with an ad hoc group to explore the possibility of creating new housing for seniors and artists in the downtown area of Charleston. We have developed a survey to gauge the interest in such a project as well as get a sense of how area residents envision future housing for themselves. We are using a "snowball" method of distributing the survey which means we need your help in getting it out. Be sure to click the last green box to get your answers recorded!




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Board of Commissioners

Andrew B. Jordon

Lew C. Tyree COL (Ret)

Mary Jean Davis

Jack Harrison
Asst. Secretary/Treasurer

John "Jack" Cavender

Karan Ireland

Becky Ceperley

Tom Hamm

Paula Flaherty

Charleston Urban Renewal Authority

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.


CURA Vision

To act as a catalyst for encouraging continual growth, development and enhancement for the revitalization of the City of Charleston.

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Mission Statement

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.

CURA building on Summers Street used in Spencer Elliott music video

Revive. Restore. Rebuild.