CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This year's East End St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl will get a little larger and run a little later than years past.Four venues have been added to the event -- Bruno's, Broadway, The Monkey Barrel and Lee Street Lounge.The added watering holes are part of Pub Crawl Late Night and will pick up where the East End's party leaves off on March 15. The venues will run drink specials from 10 p.m. to as late as 2 a.m., said organizer Keeley Steele at Wednesday's East End Main Street board meeting.East End venues will have drink specials from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be free trolley rides starting 10 p.m.Registration is required to get access to drink specials. For more information on the pub crawl, visit charlestoneastend.com.In other business, board members approved Wednesday the purchase of five solar-powered recycling compactors for Washington and Smith Streets.
The compactors, which can hold about five bags of recycling each, cost about $22,000. That total includes the compactors, as well as software that will notify the city's Public Works department when they are filled.The funds for the compactors -- $27,000 -- were granted by the state Department of Environmental Protection's Covered Electronic Devices grant program.Ric Cavender, East End Main Street;s executive director, told board members the organization will begin distributing next month a business district assessment survey."It's to really get a good feel as to where we stand currently as we look at the services we offer as an organization, what we can do better, what public space improvements can be made to help business," Cavender said.Charleston Urban Renewal Authority Director Jim Edwards told board members it's likely a historic district will be established on the East End's Washington Street corridor."When that district is in place, which I'm confident it will be, the tax credits will be available both for commercial and residential properties," Edwards said. "I think we've seen in this neighborhood what that can do, so that will be a significant step forward."Reach Rachel Molenda at firstname.lastname@example.org