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As the most trusted home inspection company in North Charleston, I know that purchasing a home is one of the most significant investments that you will ever make. That's why choosing the right home inspector is so important - because you want to know that your new home is in good shape. With PGR Home Inspections, you can be certain you're making the right purchasing decision.

Unlike some home inspectors in North Charleston, SC, I inspect from attic to crawl and wall to wall, while educating my clients throughout the home inspection process. Because a thorough home inspection ultimately depends on the inspector's dedication and effort, I make it my goal to put forth the maximum amount of effort to keep you aware and informed.

As a certified, licensed professional, I provide all of my clients with an unbiased third-party opinion, regardless of whether they are buyers, sellers, or real estate agents. Once we're finished, I will send you an in-depth, educational inspection report to help you make an educated decision about your sale or purchase.

With PGR Home Inspections on your side, you will build your knowledge and achieve peace of mind during the most stressful times.

Here's how:

  • Investigative home inspection approach
  • Thorough, detailed inspection reports that are returned to you quickly
  • Fully trained, certified and licensed
  • I offer several home inspection services for buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals
  • Easy online scheduling so that you meet your due diligence deadline
  • Competitive pricing
  • Friendly, helpful, and ready to exceed expectations

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Home Inspection North Charleston, SC

What is a home inspection?

Think of a home inspection like an annual check-up at with your doctor. Home inspections are used to ensure that everything is working correctly in your home - from your sinks and appliances to your windows and roof. A great home inspection will help shine a light on concerning issues located inside and outside your home, which may affect your quality of life.

Home inspections are also helpful for spotting potential risks that may cause concern down the line. When we send you your home inspection report, you will have a much better idea of any problems that are present in your home. Included in your report are recommended repairs and suggestions on what actions to take as your home ages.

Because different circumstances require different types of home inspections, we offer several choices to cater to your needs:

General Home Inspections in North Charleston

You've heard it before - "A man's house is his castle." It is a place of peace, relaxation, and privacy. However, the steps leading up to your new purchase can be exhausting, expensive, and stressful. After all, when you buy a home, you're investing in your family's future. That is why I believe that having an unbiased general home inspection (or buyer's inspection) is an investment all on its own.

Our goal is to keep you informed and aware of all the components in your new home. In fact, I encourage you to be present and ask questions during your inspection. That way, you can walk into your closing with confidence, knowing you are making an informed purchasing decision. When you hire PGR for your general home inspection, know that I am here for YOU. We will spend as much time as needed to explain our findings and answer any questions that you may have about your buyer's home inspection in North Charleston, SC.

After I have inspected your home from bottom to top, you will receive your report that includes high-quality color photos depicting our findings the same day.  Should you have questions relating to your report, simply give me a call after thoroughly reviewing it. At PGR Home Inspections, I strive to make this an enjoyable, informative experience that expands your knowledge and helps you understand building science.

Our general home inspections include:

  • Unbiased top-to-bottom home evaluation, including hard-to-reach areas like crawlspaces and attics.
  • Confirmation that all your utilities are in working order, like gas, electrical, and water.
  • Verification that your crawlspace is accessible, and all livable areas may be accessed. This includes your electrical panel, water heater, HVAC system, and attic hatch.
  • Reports delivered same day that detail any issues within your house and its systems or components.
  • Free thermal imaging
  • On-site wrap-up with plenty of time to answer your questions

Pre-Listing Home Inspections in North Charleston, SC

When you're selling your home, few things are as frustrating as a deal falling through due to maintenance issues. All too often, deals fall through because the buyer's inspector finds a significant issue that could have corrected earlier. Having a pre-listing inspection (or a seller's inspection) puts the control back in your hands. With a pre-listing inspection, you can get prepared for your sale by revealing any major defects in your home that need repairing. Having a pre-listing inspection saves you money, time, and reduces your overall stress levels in the long run.

By completing a pre-listing inspection, you can take as much time as you need to decide which repairs will increase your home's value the most. That way, you get the highest return on investment. By making these repairs on your own time, you can sift through several repair estimates and choose the one makes the most sense for your budget.

As you enter negotiations, you may present your pre-listing inspection as a token of good faith to interested buyers. Sharing your seller's inspection with potential buyers lets them get a look at the condition of your home. More importantly, it will let the buyer know how much money and work you have put into fixing your home's defects, which helps warrant your listing price.

If you want to reduce the time it takes for negotiations, save yourself money, and get the best price for your home, a pre-listing home inspection is a wise choice.

The benefits are endless when you hire PGR to complete a seller's inspection:

  • Boost the chances of selling your home at a price that you can feel good about
  • Manage any pre-existing defects or problems
  • Put negotiating power back in your hands during closing
  • Enjoy a smoother closing process
  • Shorten the time it takes for funds to reach escrow

11th Month Home Inspection in North Charleston, SC

If you're thinking of having a new construction home built, it's easy to understand why. New homes are often more energy-efficient, come with all-new systems and appliances, and can be customized to your exact preferences. Buying a new home also means you won't have to make repairs or deal with the wear and tear that most older homes have. However, new construction homes aren't always perfect. So, when your home is finished, and your builder explains the one-year warranty on their work, it's wise to schedule an 11th month home inspection.

Much like a general home inspection, I take an investigative, non-invasive approach when we inspect your newly built home. I will evaluate all visible and accessible areas of your new construction home to spot any potential issues. I even use thermal imaging at no extra cost to you.

When I have completed your 11th month inspection, you will receive a shorter, comprehensive inspection report with color photos and information on any defects we discover. You may take this valuable information to your builder, who can then make any repairs necessary before your warranty expires. That way, any repairs needed are done on the warranty company's time.

Additional benefits of an 11th month home inspection from PGR include:

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Fix Defects at No Cost

Homebuilders are aware that new construction homes can have defects. After all, there are many hands involved in building a house, including subcontractors you never meet. Because some flaws aren't obvious during the first year of living in a home, having an 11th month home inspection is a great way to protect yourself and your investment.

Prevent Unwelcome Surprises

When you assume that your newly constructed home is void of defects, you could be setting yourself up for some nasty surprises down the line. For example, issues with your new home's systems might not reveal themselves until they malfunction. You will have to cover repair costs in cases like this because the builder's warranty has already expired. With PGR's 11th month inspections, I will ensure that your home's structure systems work properly. If they're not, you will have ample time to have any defects fixed before your warranty is up.

More Time to File Claims

When you schedule your 11th month home inspection at the start of the last month of your warranty, you will have more time to submit a warranty claim. If you choose to wait until a few days before your warranty expires, you will be rushing to file a claim before your new home's warranty expires.

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The PGR Home Inspections Difference

At PGR Home Inspections, I am proud to be the most reliable, thorough, unbiased home inspector in North Charleston, SC. I believe in working hard and treating our customers right, by giving them an in-depth look at their home to make knowledgeable decisions with confidence. I believe in working hard and treating our customers right by giving them an in-depth look at their homes to make knowledgeable decisions with confidence. When you allow me to serve you, I aim to exceed your expectations by inspecting "Attic to Crawl and Wall to Wall", while walking you through our inspection process step-by-step.

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World's Largest Inclusive Playground, world record in North Charleston, South Carolina

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States--The $20 million redevelopment project, Park Circle Re-imagined, features a 55,000 sq. ft playground featuring elements that will ensure inclusion for all children of different abilities to interact; nearly 85% of the playground is covered in shade and features canopy shades and a section with water misters; the Park Circle Playground sets the world record for being the World's Largest Inclusive Playground, according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY."The entirety of the inner circle has ...

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States--The $20 million redevelopment project, Park Circle Re-imagined, features a 55,000 sq. ft playground featuring elements that will ensure inclusion for all children of different abilities to interact; nearly 85% of the playground is covered in shade and features canopy shades and a section with water misters; the Park Circle Playground sets the world record for being the World's Largest Inclusive Playground, according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.

"The entirety of the inner circle has been redeveloped and includes the largest inclusive playground in the world, a new community building with art/rehearsal studio, flexible event space, a history and archives repository, an artist in residence studio and meeting room, an inclusive baseball field, a farmers market pavilion, nature garden, open green space, and walking trails.

"Play that challenges and inspires them physically, supports and stimulates them cognitively and facilitates an emotional and social connection," the official website says.

"A well-designed inclusive playground welcomes children and adults of all abilities to a play experience where everyone can interact and play together."

CHS Today says.

"Park Circle Reimagined includes:

"The project’s centerpiece is a 55,000 sqft playground featuring elements that will ensure inclusion for all children of different abilities to interact. The Post and Courier reports that nearly 85% of the playground is covered in shade and features canopy shades and a section with water misters."

"We’re so proud that South Carolina is now home to one of the world’s largest attractions – the Park Circle Playground, the world’s largest inclusive playground! Having a place where children of all abilities and gifts can gather and play and interact together is important to their healthy learning, growing, and developing," the Only In Your State says.

"A diverse selection of elements have been incorporated into the playground, providing plenty of options that meet a variety of needs, skills, and abilities, each carefully chosen with the goal of creating an environment where the highest level of inclusion is possible!

"Covers positioned over the playground provide shade to reduce the heat from the South Carolina sun, and some areas of the ground have been covered with rubber material to create a softer place to land in those areas."

WCBO News 2 says.

"The playground isn’t just meeting the needs of the neighborhood, but also children with disabilities. “It accommodates anyone and everyone,” said North Charleston Recreation Director, TJ Rostin. It’s designed to be an inclusive haven for people of all ages and abilities.

"City leaders in North Charleston say their hope is when families step on these grounds, they have the best possible experience.It doesn’t stop with just the playground. The project also included a new baseball field and community building."

WCBD News 2 says.

"That means children of all abilities will be able to play on the equipment. There are even swings with wheelchair ramps. The beautiful ballfield is also fully accessible. Kids of any ability will be able to play. But since it has artificial turf, traditional ball games can be played here as well.

"There are even many exercise stations so that parents can work out while their kids play. In total, the city is spending about $20 million on its renovation of Park Circle. Hundreds of people have been working on the 18-month project."

15 Essential Coffee Shops in Charleston

Can't start the morning/afternoon/life without a large cup of caffeine? Try one of these local coffee purveyors for a fix. Whether it's free wifi or a cozy atmosphere, there's a place for each need. Read MoreEater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process.A s...

Can't start the morning/afternoon/life without a large cup of caffeine? Try one of these local coffee purveyors for a fix. Whether it's free wifi or a cozy atmosphere, there's a place for each need.

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Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process.

A savior for the citizens of Park Circle, The Orange Spot Coffeehouse supplies caffeine to North Charleston. The setting recently expanded with a new address but maintains the same cozy atmosphere. Try the cha yen, a traditional Thai iced tea.

Not only does Owlbear make an excellent cold brew or a iced caramel macchiato (if you’re into that), but this cafe puts out filling bagel sandwiches, waffles, and fancy grilled cheeses.

The Harbinger is a whimsical space full of plants, Instagram-worthy shelves full of treasures, and cozy seating. The coffee drinks are creative, like the maple latte or the Jack Rudy espresso tonic, but do not miss the baked goods — customers are instantly hooked on creations like a take on Rice Krispy Treats with puffed brown rice, tahini, and chocolate. Check out the sister cafe Harken when visiting the heart of downtown.

In addition to expertly prepared espresso drinks, Mercantile offers free wifi, plentiful seating, and a full breakfast and lunch menu — what’s not to love. Oh, and parking. Sold.

The Daily is the place to go for a morning coffee, breakfast sandwich, or an afternoon lunch. Try the golden latte with turmeric-agave syrup and the spring-ish vegetable hash.

Sightsee is a fun, hip shop with a side of coffee bar. Tucked back on Line Street, the space offers coffee to go for those exploring the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. Try the unique iced cascara tea, which is brewed from the coffee cherry.

Vintage Coffee Cafe offers caffeine, eats, and wifi to the Mount Pleasant set. The kitchen puts out sophisticated breakfast items, like seasonal quiches, oven-roasted tomato tarts, acai bowls, and lox plates, among others.

The pick-up window at Brown Fox Coffee makes it a quick and easy stop to grab a morning latte or a cold brew on the way to the beach on Sullivan’s Island.

Kudu not only has a handsome outdoor patio, but an extensive coffee and craft beer program as well. It doesn't offer wifi, so this shop is for relaxation, not work.

Highfalutin Coffee Roasters really cares about its beans. Roasted in-house, the coffee at this Avondale shop is routinely touted as some of the best by local aficionados — don’t ask for a pumpkin spice latte here.

Petite shop the Rise attracts those in search of a perfect cortado or a honey lavender latte. The space is small, so most customers get their coffee to-go.

Since its located on the Market in the Emeline hotel, Clerks Coffee Company is always buzzing with visitors, but this shouldn’t deter locals. The seating area at Clerks makes for a handsome background to sip a latte and get some work done. After the laptops close, the coffee bar offers beer and wine in addition to slices of Detroit-style pizza and salads.

Sunlight-filled caffeine emporium Second State Coffee (formerly Black Tap Coffee) is the spot to get creative lattes (try the brown sugar or lavender) and kick-ass pour-over brew. It is also the meeting spot for creatives and neighborhood friends to chat about the day or upcoming projects. Check out the Second State in Mount Pleasant for a full menu of hearty breakfast and lunch options.

Entrepreneur Amy Wright has four children, and two, Bitty & Beau, were born with Down syndrome. Wright saw an opportunity to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in finding steady jobs. Her coffee shops Betty & Beau are staffed with a very enthusiastic crew that live with issues like autism and cerebral palsy. Stop in for a cup of joy in the morning.

Muddy Waters is an old-school coffee shop on James Island. Around since 2001, it’s a reliable spot for a latte, a macaron, and a quiet place to sit and read a book.

A savior for the citizens of Park Circle, The Orange Spot Coffeehouse supplies caffeine to North Charleston. The setting recently expanded with a new address but maintains the same cozy atmosphere. Try the cha yen, a traditional Thai iced tea.

Not only does Owlbear make an excellent cold brew or a iced caramel macchiato (if you’re into that), but this cafe puts out filling bagel sandwiches, waffles, and fancy grilled cheeses.

The Harbinger is a whimsical space full of plants, Instagram-worthy shelves full of treasures, and cozy seating. The coffee drinks are creative, like the maple latte or the Jack Rudy espresso tonic, but do not miss the baked goods — customers are instantly hooked on creations like a take on Rice Krispy Treats with puffed brown rice, tahini, and chocolate. Check out the sister cafe Harken when visiting the heart of downtown.

In addition to expertly prepared espresso drinks, Mercantile offers free wifi, plentiful seating, and a full breakfast and lunch menu — what’s not to love. Oh, and parking. Sold.

The Daily is the place to go for a morning coffee, breakfast sandwich, or an afternoon lunch. Try the golden latte with turmeric-agave syrup and the spring-ish vegetable hash.

Sightsee is a fun, hip shop with a side of coffee bar. Tucked back on Line Street, the space offers coffee to go for those exploring the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. Try the unique iced cascara tea, which is brewed from the coffee cherry.

Vintage Coffee Cafe offers caffeine, eats, and wifi to the Mount Pleasant set. The kitchen puts out sophisticated breakfast items, like seasonal quiches, oven-roasted tomato tarts, acai bowls, and lox plates, among others.

The pick-up window at Brown Fox Coffee makes it a quick and easy stop to grab a morning latte or a cold brew on the way to the beach on Sullivan’s Island.

Kudu not only has a handsome outdoor patio, but an extensive coffee and craft beer program as well. It doesn't offer wifi, so this shop is for relaxation, not work.

Highfalutin Coffee Roasters really cares about its beans. Roasted in-house, the coffee at this Avondale shop is routinely touted as some of the best by local aficionados — don’t ask for a pumpkin spice latte here.

Petite shop the Rise attracts those in search of a perfect cortado or a honey lavender latte. The space is small, so most customers get their coffee to-go.

Since its located on the Market in the Emeline hotel, Clerks Coffee Company is always buzzing with visitors, but this shouldn’t deter locals. The seating area at Clerks makes for a handsome background to sip a latte and get some work done. After the laptops close, the coffee bar offers beer and wine in addition to slices of Detroit-style pizza and salads.

Sunlight-filled caffeine emporium Second State Coffee (formerly Black Tap Coffee) is the spot to get creative lattes (try the brown sugar or lavender) and kick-ass pour-over brew. It is also the meeting spot for creatives and neighborhood friends to chat about the day or upcoming projects. Check out the Second State in Mount Pleasant for a full menu of hearty breakfast and lunch options.

Entrepreneur Amy Wright has four children, and two, Bitty & Beau, were born with Down syndrome. Wright saw an opportunity to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in finding steady jobs. Her coffee shops Betty & Beau are staffed with a very enthusiastic crew that live with issues like autism and cerebral palsy. Stop in for a cup of joy in the morning.

Muddy Waters is an old-school coffee shop on James Island. Around since 2001, it’s a reliable spot for a latte, a macaron, and a quiet place to sit and read a book.

Missing in Mexico: Charleston family searching for loved one with dementia

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The family of a Charleston man who suffers from dementia says he has been missing since last Wednesday in Cozumel and they want others in the Lowcountry to be proactive so no one else has to go through this.Charleston native Edmund Bradley Solomon III just celebrated his 66 birthday at the beginning of the seven-day cruise to Mexico.“My sister knew it would probably be the last vacation that she was able to take with Brad based on his deterioration over the last couple months,” Ashley Hyer,...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The family of a Charleston man who suffers from dementia says he has been missing since last Wednesday in Cozumel and they want others in the Lowcountry to be proactive so no one else has to go through this.

Charleston native Edmund Bradley Solomon III just celebrated his 66 birthday at the beginning of the seven-day cruise to Mexico.

“My sister knew it would probably be the last vacation that she was able to take with Brad based on his deterioration over the last couple months,” Ashley Hyer, Solomon’s sister-in-law, said.

Solomon’s family says he has frontotemporal dementia, which is an earlier onset dementia that causes personal, behavioral and emotional changes in one’s personality. The group was shopping along the terminal area docked in Cozumel when Solomon wandered off. Hyer says there’s only been a few sightings since then.

“In a grocery store,” Hyer said. “And the grocery store owner try to approach him and he ran.”

Medical University of South Carolina Neuroscience professor Dr. Heather Boger says wandering is very common for those with dementia. She advises how to best approach the situation if one recognizes a missing person who may have some sort of mental diagnosis.

“Obviously don’t broach the person, but instead follow them,” Boger said. “Contact law enforcement — again, number one response. And try to follow that individual and keep law enforcement on the phone until you have the connection made between the three parties.”

Boger says if someone’s loved one has dementia, to get a tracker. “Baby-proof” or “dementia-proof” the house so they don’t have easy access to things that may harm them. And most importantly, be proactive.

“Be patient with the individual because you don’t understand what they’re going through,” Boger said. “They don’t ultimately understand what they’re going through. And you want to be as patient with them as possible, but make sure you also realize the warning signs so that they’re getting the proper care and attention.”

Trident Area Agency on Aging dementia consultant Don Bagwell agrees that wandering is common and it can even occur with the most attentive caregivers. He says it’s easy to get overwhelmed as a caregiver, but to remember the top priority for the patient is safety.

Bagwell says GPS and technology devices are helpful too, but they have limitations and can offer a false sense of security.

Hyer says Solomon did have a tracker, but only one that works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which stopped pinging about two hours into the search. She says everyone should have some sort of GPS tracker instead.

“That could’ve made all the difference in the world if we had just known,” Hyer said.

When talking about Solomon’s impact on their family, Hyer speaks through tears.

“He adores, Mimi, my sister,” Hyer said. “All he wants to do is be with her. So, he’s a good man.”

As the search continues, the family wants those in the Lowcountry to think about them.

“Pray,” Hyer said. “Pray about this. That Brad is found safe.”

Click here for more information on MUSC’s Memory Disorders Clinic.

Bagwell provided additional documents for a more comprehensive breakdown on keeping your loved ones with dementia safe:

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FBI Columbia spokesman Kevin Wheeler says they are aware of the missing person report and have been in contact with Mexican authorities, but are unable to comment further.

Royal Caribbean has also not responded for a comment.

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N. Charleston argues plans for former Baker Hospital site, fate in council hands

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The future of land in North Charleston lies in the hands of city council members, and it’s a breath of relief for concerned community members and a strain for the company urging its industrial use.The city council will be the next step forward for the proposed plan after a request to rezone two parts of the former Baker Hospital property on the Ashley River. They will vote on whether the land will be rezoned from R-1 residential to M-2, heavy industrial and M-1, light industrial.The city&rs...

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The future of land in North Charleston lies in the hands of city council members, and it’s a breath of relief for concerned community members and a strain for the company urging its industrial use.

The city council will be the next step forward for the proposed plan after a request to rezone two parts of the former Baker Hospital property on the Ashley River. They will vote on whether the land will be rezoned from R-1 residential to M-2, heavy industrial and M-1, light industrial.

The city’s Planning Commission on Monday voted 5-1 to deny the recommendation to rezone before passing it onto council - saying it didn’t align with the best interest of the city’s comprehensive plan, the location to the Ashley River and the public interest of surrounding neighborhoods.

The land, defined as a brownfield, is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

“We don’t need industry in our living rooms. We don’t need to breathe the fluid of industry in our neighborhoods. We don’t need to be impacted negatively that way,” Union Heights resident Skip Mikell says.

The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and Sea Fox Boats have a 90-year lease with the goal of building a manufacturing plant on 11 acres of the 46-acre property. Sea Fox Boats owner Freddy Renken says they plan to bring 200 or more jobs to the area and will fund the construction of a waterfront public park.

The commission says rent paid by Sea Fox Boats and its dry stack marina would offset operations and maintenance for the park. Nothing has been finalized or started because this is in a due diligence phase.

The park itself would have the following amenities:

Renken did not speak at the meeting but a company lawyer shared insight on his behalf:

“What is there not to want about this? To turn a brownfield into a park that provides jobs and an economic engine. With Sea Fox Boats, the City of North Charleston will be able to build planes, cars, boats. I think that is pretty cool,” Ronald Richter says.

Despite the push for approval, a resounding “no” was heard from a crowd of North Charleston homeowners and supporters. They say the company never shared its plans with surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, including Union Heights, Chicora-Cherokee and Accabee.

Mayor Reggie Burgess also pushed for a full recreational park option to be considered following the initial plan release.

Charleston County Parks states in this press release they planned on releasing public input meeting dates in early 2024. As of now, no updates have been provided.

The commission released the following statement:

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) recently entered into a public-private partnership with the locally-owned Sea Fox Boat Company at its Ashley River site. The company is in a two-year due diligence phase, which includes addressing zoning and permitting issues.

Per the partnership, Charleston County Parks would continue to own the entire property, with tenant Sea Fox funding the creation and maintenance of the future public park. This would allow Charleston County Parks to develop and operate the park without taxpayer funds. Because of the site’s history as the former Baker Hospital and as a phosphate processing plant, it has created a brownfield that will require costly environmental efforts to make it suitable for recreational use.

The future county park would offer residents green space and views of the Ashley River. Other possible amenities at the park include a fishing/crabbing dock, trails, playground, splash pad, shelter for camps or programs, and unique event space. Public input meetings will be held to learn what the communities would like to see on the site. Once the zoning process has been completed, we will determine the timeline for the public input meetings.

Seventeen people spoke in opposition to the plan. Neighbors say adding the plant would not benefit their community in terms of work or play and are asking for the area to be solely a park.

“The neighborhoods we represent have some of the lowest unemployment rates in North Charleston. Chicora-Cherokee specifically has a 2.9 unemployment rate, which means our people are already working,” KJ Kearney says.

The planning commission stated in the agenda item they recommended denial because they believe the property’s location to the Ashley River makes the plant unfeasible and there is a “lack of support” to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Sea Fox Boats argues the area they are requesting rezoning for is on a brownfield, the former site of a phosphate processing plant and hospital, which would need environmental maintenance to make the area suitable for recreational purposes or greenspace.

North Charleston natives say they remember the smells, the sights and the feelings of growing up near the former plant and the concerns it raised for health and wellness.

“Those people don’t live here. So whatever damage they do, they leave at the end of the shift and go home. We live here and if there’s anything that we can do to prevent that kind of thing reoccurring. We’re going to do so,” Mikell says.

The site was donated to Charleston County Parks in 2015 by Charleston residents Michael and Jenny Messner of the Speedwell Foundation. The organization did not respond to a request for comment.

“The owner of that property is the Charleston County Parks and Recreation. Their purpose for being is to create parks, preserve and protect greenspaces,” Richter says. “We are not looking for the high bidder here, we are looking for the perfect partner to clean this place and make it a place of pride.”

The discussion will now go before city council starting on April 11 for its first reading. The next opportunity for public input will be on April 18.

For more information on the project, click here.

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New Sunday liquor sales bill could boost business for N. Charleston distilleries

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Big changes could be coming to liquor sales in South Carolina, and several Lowcountry distilleries say those changes could mean a big boost in business.Bill H. 4231 would allow counties and municipalities to let voters decide via referendum whether to allow Sunday liquor sales at stores in South Carolina.It would also allow micro-distilleries, which are defined in the bill as manufacturers ...

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Big changes could be coming to liquor sales in South Carolina, and several Lowcountry distilleries say those changes could mean a big boost in business.

Bill H. 4231 would allow counties and municipalities to let voters decide via referendum whether to allow Sunday liquor sales at stores in South Carolina.

It would also allow micro-distilleries, which are defined in the bill as manufacturers that ferment and distill on-site, to sell liquor on Sundays without needing to pass a referendum.

“We’re dark here on Sundays, there’s really nothing going on,” North Charleston’s Beyond Distillery co-owner Ryan Sadis says.

Another North Charleston business, Striped Pig Distillery, is closed on Sunday as well.

“So many people don’t come to do their events with us on Sundays because they can’t buy bottles,” Striped Pig Distillery CEO Pixie Paula Dezzutti says.

Firefly Distillery is closed, too, according to its owner, Scott Newitt.

“Sixty-five percent of the people that come here are tourists, and they show up Sunday and they can’t buy spirits,” Newitt says.

Sadis agrees that distilleries are a tourism-driven business.

“Without having Sundays, those are the days people are off, those are the days people travel,” Sadis says.

And if the Lowcountry prides itself on being a tourist destination, Dezzutti says, it needs to “pony up,” to be able to serve them.

“They come here, and they find out that they can’t even purchase a bottle, they’re so disappointed. I see their faces drop,” she says.

Rep. Marvin “Mark” Smith (R-Berkeley), a sponsor of the bill, says distillers are different from retail stores because they can only sell their products, and are capped at six bottles per day per customer.

When it comes to liquor stores, he says it’s time for South Carolina voters to decide what they want for their county.

“This bill would not force Sunday liquor sales across the state. This bill, if it advances, simply allows each county to put the referendum on the ballot,” he says.

The bill passed favorably in a subcommittee last week and is now moving on to the full committee, scheduled for this week, Smith says. After the full committee, he says it will be debated on the House floor before repeating the entire process in the State Senate.

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