Councilman Ron Brinson – February 6, 2017

Harris Teeter  has withdrawn its proposed zoning applications that would have led to installation of gas and fuel islands at The Corner at Wescott. This follows a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission to deny the request.  The matter was scheduled for City Council hearings Thursday, but that has been cancelled.

I believe Harris Teeter – a great corporate neighbor —  came to realize just how important Dorchester Corridor Overlay District planning values are to our community. Nonetheless, selling fuel will remain a business plan priority for the grocer, especially after having been purchased by Kroger in 2012.

I very much appreciated how the constituents of District 4 engaged on this important issue and how constructive and civil the neighborhood debates have been.


ENFORCEMENT OF BUILDING PERMITS REQUIREMENTS —  These  “permits” are generally required  anytime  work is planned for both commercial and residential structures. The city’s building inspector has become concerned about the rising number of unpermitted projects, especially roof replacements.  A building permit  assures the work will conform to building standards. This approach is universal in municipal government and directly relates to public safety and preservation of property values.  Enforcement can lead to fines and higher permit fees – and in some cases criminal prosecution. Homeowners associations are encouraged to pass the word to residents about this requirement and to report contractors who might be inclined to flout this important  law.  Also, be alert to scams. A good clearing question for any contractor is whether the contractor intends to apply for a building permit and whether the contractor has a valid business license registered in the City of North Charleston. More information on building permits is available at

The Crossings at Wescott Plantation – This massive building project at the Wescott traffic circle – finally is nearing completion and should be ready for occupancy in April.  It’s an upscale 184 unit senior living community with 93 independent living, 57 assisted living and 34 “memory care “apartments located across the street from The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation — and down the road from The Corner at Wescott shopping center. (Contrary to the project’s website information, this special complex is in North Charleston, not Summerville.)  Want more information or a “briefing” contact  Alissa Crankshaw at 843 486 2712  or at   The sales office is an instant pictorial tour of what will be a well-planned and upscale complex.  It’s located on Ladson Road, between Sears K-Mart and The Oakbrook Theaters.  (That is  in Summerville.)

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Thank You !

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