Sustained Outrage

Your city government in action, pt. 7

Charleston’s Municipal Planning Commission has just two items on the agenda for its meeting on Wednesday, May 6.

The first is somewhat interesting. A group of investors led by accountant Larry Pack that bought the old SportMart warehouse in the East End a couple years ago wants to lease the building to an auto detailing business. To do this, they need to get a zoning change for the property. (I wrote about this project in the Gazette today.)

The property is zoned R-10 (high-density residential), although the building has clearly been used for other purposes for many years — first as a pop bottling plant, then a warehouse.

Normally the planning commission would handle this request but, because the property lies in an urban renewal district, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority (better known as CURA) has jurisdiction. The planning commission will only make a recommendation on whether the rezoning request fits in with the city’s comprehensive plan.

CURA, in a meeting later in May, will decide whether to amend the East End Community Renewal Plan by rezoning this property, and City Council will have the final say on amending the plan.

The other item has to do with closing part of a city right-of-way called Hayes Avenue, in the Fort Hill neighborhood. Although there is a Hayes Avenue, this segment is one of the many “paper” streets that were laid out years ago but never built. The owners of the surrounding property want to buy it from the city.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the City Service Center conference room, on the first floor of the city parking garage at the corner of Quarrier and McFarland streets. As usual, the public is welcome to attend and will be asked to speak in favor or against both items.