CURA gives Charleston $250,000 to continue demolishing vacant, dilapidated homes

The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority voted Wednesday to give the city $250,000 to continue its efforts to demolish vacant and dilapidated houses in the city. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority voted Wednesday to give the city $250,000 to continue its efforts to demolish vacant and dilapidated houses in the city.

The Charleston program was slated to run out of money at the end of the month, when CURA commissioners voted to unanimously put more money into it at the city’s request.

So far, 92 houses have been knocked down in Charleston.

CURA has helped fund those demolitions and commissioners said they agree the program is worthwhile.

“I do think it's a good idea. I've heard from constituents. I've heard their frustration at neighborhood meetings over the year and I've heard the relief in their voices whey they find out that the building is going to be torn down. A building that caused them problems with people camping out, starting fire, that kind of thing. So, I do think it's a good idea,” CURA commissioner and Charleston city councilwoman Karan Ireland said.

The $250,000 should allow the city to take down about 50 more vacant structures.

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