See plans for downtown's Concord Park (Update: Construction under way)

Image by City of Charleston An aerial view of the park looking south. The SC Aquarium is in the bottom left.

Updat October 20: Construction is on and The Post and Courier has a nice report on the start of what is the cornerstone in a major (and rare) spot of vacant land on the Charleston peninsula; take a read here.

Rarely has the construction of an office building been so exciting.

Update October 4: After more than a decade, the Concord Park project is set to break ground and begin construction on a four-story, 62,000-square-foot office complex on October 20th.

The $18 million complex is slated to open in the summer of 2011.

The Post and Courier has additional information on the incoming tenants and building plans; read it here.

First reporting: Soccer fields, playgrounds, sport courts, chess/checker rooms, seating areas: The City of Charleston if making schematic plans for Concord Park available for public review on Thursday (August 21) from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston County Public Library Auditorium at 68 Calhoun Street (map). Here's more information from the city's press release:

At the meeting in February, suggestions and ideas were gathered about what the public would like to see in this new park. Information was offered on leisure activities, active recreation, park users, amenities, special events, playgrounds and other elements. The purpose of this Concord Park Public Meeting is to present the design which incorporates the information gathered from the meeting in February. Some of the elements possible for the new park include: soccer fields, playgrounds, sport courts, chess/checker rooms, seating areas, a zero depth water feature, and plaza spaces that can double as stage areas at special events. If the community approves of the current park’s design, this will be the final meeting. The construction of the park is planned to begin within a year.

A year ago The Post and Courier did a story on the park's possible future. The park is located on the form Ansonborough Fields site.

Update August 22: ABC News 4 has a write-up of the plans and a video that shows some details of the plan. No word yet on how the meeting went. We'll keep you posted.