Charleston Land Reuse Agency Seeking Community Input on Future of Park Place Bar

The Charleston Land Reuse Agency (CLRA) wants input from residents and visitors in the area around Central Avenue and Park Avenue about the future of 739 Central Avenue. The former Abraham’s Grocery—most recently known as Park Place Bar—has been a gathering place for the neighborhood in the past. The CLRA is interested in feedback about what would have the most positive impact for this area.

“We want to hear from the community,” said CLRA Chair Kevin Baker. “All ideas are welcome, and you can share them by literally writing them on a new chalkboard located at the property, or by filling out a quick survey that is available online. No matter how you participate, the CLRA is eager to hear your ideas and work to move this project forward.”

The CLRA obtained ownership of 739 Central Avenue in May 2020. After receiving community input, the CLRA plans to release a request for proposals to the public that includes information received from the community. Once the request for proposals is published, the CLRA will look to partner with local entities to make a proposal turn into reality.

“This project highlights why I sought to create the Charleston Land Reuse Agency,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “We must come together as a community to return vacant properties to productive use and the CLRA is in a good position to make this project a reality with the help of local partners that want to invest in our City.”

The chalkboard is on the building now and encourages people to write their suggestions for the space. The CLRA will monitor input over the next two weeks. In addition, the online survey can be completed here or accessed via a QR code that is on the chalkboard at the property.