North Charleston is finalizing a deal to rent office space in City Hall to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., a native of the city.

Mayor Keith Summey said it will benefit the city to have close access to the senator’s staff just across the hall from the mayor’s office, plus the city will get $30,000 in annual rent.

Scott, a graduate of Stall High School in North Charleston, was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the remaining two years of former Sen. Jim DeMint’s term, and was sworn in to the Senate in January.

Summey said Scott’s staff, comprised of about 15 people, will occupy office space that became available when the city consolidated its planning and zoning departments.

Scott’s spokesman in Washington declined to comment on the office site selection, saying that the senator’s South Carolina office leases have not been finalized yet.

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