East Side residents looked over an initial plan for redeveloping 12 acres around The Post and Courierís downtown building, and several wondered how it could benefit those living nearby.

Tim Keane, director of Charlestonís Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability, detailed what is allowed under current zoning and said the project would be phased in over 10 to 15 years.

The redevelopment area ó one of Charlestonís largest ó covers most of three city blocks between Meeting, Columbus, St. Philip and Line streets. Itís owned by The Evening Post Publishing Co., parent company of this newspaper and other media properties.

The early schematic plan calls for up to 2 million square feet of residential, retail and offices, but Keane said, ďAs far as what the uses would be, itís hard to say exactly. Itís a lot of land. It would probably be most everything. There could be some other uses we donít know about yet.Ē

Keane said tonightís meeting, which drew about 30 East Side residents, would be the first of many and was designed to give residents a chance to say they would like to see built there.

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