West Side Lighting Project Highlights Needs Across Charleston
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Since Charleston’s West Side Main Street Light Revitalization Project announced its master plan last month, the organization’s executive director, Ric Cavender, has said there had been positive feedback.
“We identified early on that the Elk City neighborhood with all the newly restored buildings and businesses that had come in, that at night was still not welcoming because the lighting is so old,” he recalled. Friday.
The organization has raised nearly half a million dollars to replace 44 streetlights in Elk City and replace current bulbs with LED bulbs.
According to Cavender, the group is looking for an engineer for the project.
Cavender said that since the project began, residents across the city have shown interest in improving lights in their own neighborhoods.
Murtala Muhammad said he has lived in the Kanawha City neighborhood since the 1980s.
He says he has noticed a change in lifestyle over the past decade.
“Life in Kanawha Town is generally quiet, but there is a problem with homelessness and drug issues,” he said. “You have to make sure you don’t have anyone there that people can steal and get out of there.”
He said he’s not sure upgrading lights across the city will bring significant change, but he’s still proud of his neighborhood.
“It beats New York, Cleveland, LA and Atlanta,” he said. “It’s a cheaper place to live and people still say hello. They don’t even come out to do that.
The city of Charleston said it was working on a plan to soon replace all streetlights in the city with LED bulbs, but no timeline was available.
Cavender said the West Side lighting plan should be completed by the end of next year.
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