Several companies that own property on the former Navy base in North Charleston are challenging the city’s approval of a zoning change aimed at clearing the way for a Continental Tire distribution and warehousing center.

The Noisette Company, West Yard Lofts, and NH68SC said in a Circuit Court filing that reclassifying the property for “heavy industrial” uses amounted to an unlawful “spot zoning” that was in any case not necessary for the Continental Tire plan.

The city agreed to the change following a settlement with the state over plans for the Navy base properties and rail access to a planned container terminal at the south end of the base.

The roughly 20-acre site in dispute is owned by the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Public Railways, which gained control of the land after Noisette Co. lost it in a foreclosure action. The site abuts the West Yard Lofts apartments at the north end of the former base, near land still owned by Noisette and a building known as NH68SC.

A response to the legal complaint has not been filed. North Charleston, North Charleston City Council, and SC Public Railways are the named defendants.

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