Charleston Realtors® Present $4,500 in Grant Funds to the City of Hanahan
The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR) received a $4,500 Placemaking Grant from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The grant will be used to fund the transformation of a vacant lot in the City of Hanahan into the Yeamans Hall Canteen, a vibrant, public space that hosts music and food trucks for the community to enjoy. CTAR President-Elect Rusty Hughes presented the check to Hanahan City Council during their meeting on July 14, 2020.
CTAR has worked in concert with the City of Hanahan to transform the lot at the corner of Yeamans Hall Road and Griffin Street, across from Hanahan City Hall. The lot will become a pocket park, providing residents and visitors an easily accessible place to gather. The location was part of the city’s 2019 Streetscape Project and is located near the upcoming Lowcountry Rapid Transit Line.
“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities. They take pride in working to improve them” said Michael Sally, former CTAR Board President and current Hanahan City Councilman. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people can make a connection to their neighborhoods and become invested in making things better. This grant will allow us to not only address areas that are in need of enhancement and revitalization but also create a place where friends and neighbors can come together as a community” said Sally. “Additionally, through programs like this, the Hanahan area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value” Sally concluded.
Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor® Associations to help them and their members create new public spaces and destinations in a community, like turning a parking spot into a people spot (parklet) or a vacant lot into a pocket park or garden. Realtor® Associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these placemaking projects.