East End Main Street is an affiliate program of the newly formed citywide organization Charleston Main Streets, a private 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the economic development of Charleston’s East End and West Side. We receive generous contributions from the City of Charleston and the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority to assist in carrying out economic development and commercial revitalization initiatives. Formed in 2002 and accredited through Main Street West Virginia and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, East End Main Street is a volunteer-driven program devoted to the revitalization and historic preservation of the historic East End of Charleston. The staff and volunteers have lead the charge to revitalize the most historic and diverse business corridor in Charleston. Through various projects and programs, EEMS has been the impetus for over 40 rehabilitation projects, new construction, and public spaces that continue to create strong neighborhoods and thriving commercial districts.
Through the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion, and economic restructuring, East End Main Street will grow
a vibrant commercial district that enhances
the unique and diverse character
of East End neighborhoods.
We will develop a sense of entry into Charleston.
We will seek a balance of growth and preservation for business and residential areas.
We will cultivate a sense of community.
We will listen carefully to our neighbors and adapt to the changing needs of our community.
A vibrant commercial district that offers necessary goods and services to the residents of surrounding neighborhoods,
provides opportunities for education and entertainment while
encouraging tourism, historic preservation, and economic development.