Councilman Ron Brinson – October 18, 2016

 

  • Storm Recovery Comments and Information
  • Harris Teeter Fuel Station Proposal
  • Windsor Hill Boulevard Development
  • Aquatics Center Update

 

Hurricane Matthew gave our neighborhoods a windy, soggy and in many cases, a dangerous blast. Recovery has gone well, thanks mostly to the cooperative spirit of our communities and the great work by our city’s Public Works Department. Clean-up crews have been working seven-day shifts and will continue to do special runs for a long as necessary.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact me at rbrin@aol.com

North Charleston residents in Dorchester County who suffered losses because of Hurricane Matthew can now apply for assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Monday that Dorchester and about a dozen other counties in the state have been approved for FEMA Individual Assistance. Charleston nor Berkeley County have not yet been approved, but should be very soon.

FEMA can help compensate for temporary housing and home repairs. In some cases low-cost loans are available.  You can get more information at

www.disasterassistance.gov , or by calling 800-621-3362.

Those who are deaf or have trouble hearing can call l 800-462-7585.

Harris Teeter’s corporate owner, the Kroger Company, seems determined to force a fuel island operation on the Corner at Wescott.  The Planned Development District documents covering this very popular shipping center do not permit gas station operations. The city’s Dorchester Overlay District specifically prohibits gas stations anywhere in this stretch of Dorchester Road.  A public meeting last spring sent the grocery store executives who attended a strong message of general opposition. Harris Teeter’s first contention was that selling gasoline is the same as selling orange juice or milk or wine. That point might have been headed to decisions by the Board of Zoning Appeals and then the state circuit court, after the city summarily rejected its application for a building permit.  But instead, Harris Teeter lawyers informed me this week that they will apply for an amendment to the PDD.  I am strongly opposed to this and so is District 9 Councilman Kenny Skipper.

A Harris Teeter lawyer suggested rather boldly that I am woefully misjudging my constituents and that Harris Teeter has data and polling that shows a majority of my constituents want the “opportunity to purchase cheaper gasoline.” He seemed unimpressed with the values and disciplines of the Overlay District zoning which our broad community has worked so hard to maintain. Also, I should note that not all new Harris Teeter stores operate fuel islands. No application had been filed as of today. When that happens, the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting and then make a recommendation to City Council and additional public hearings will be conducted. I will keep you posted.

Windsor Hill Boulevard development will soon be taking shape.  As I’ve reported, the 420-unit apartment campus is underway, albeit very slowly. The property at the end of Windsor Hill Boulevard is being surveyed. This tract s owned by The Cathedral of Praise. The surveying relates to the need to transfer the roadway right-of-way to the county. Planners have assured me there are no immediate plans to take any trees and that the ribbons on many trees are simply reference points for surveyors. One development group has indicated a plan for residential development, but that has not yet been finalized. Any development will occur under city rules and that assures maximum transparency. The long term planning concept is to connect Windsor Hill Boulevard directly or indirectly with the Palmetto Commerce Parkway corridor. I will keep you posted and if you have questions, contact me via e mail.

The Aquatics Center project is moving along steadily. City Council is considering final financing plans for its share of the $15 million facility to be built in partnership with Dorchester District 2 schools. The project will also include a new roadway for Fort Dorchester High School at Patriot Boulevard and Appian Way.

Please check in regularly at www.northcharleston.org for latest information on city programs and to make service requests.

And please recirculate this little newsletter to your neighbors and I’ll be glad to add anyone to the distribution list. They need only contact me at rbrin@aol.com

 

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