Mayor Joe Riley gave his State of the City address last night.

Among other things, he noted this, according to David Slade of The Post and Courier: “The city is currently undertaking a more than $20 million renovation of [the Dock Street]. Riley said the city has determined that a major renovation of the Gaillard Auditorium will be the next major step in improving Charleston’s performing arts facilities, though he said that project will depend on ‘substantial sums’ of private money being raised.”

Renovating the Gaillard is exactly what’s needed as long as it’s done in the right way. You might say that it’s about time the Mayor publically drew attention to that eye-sore, but then again, renovating it has been the stuff of the grapevine for a few years now. I’ll make some calls and see what I find.