Carolina Polo and Carriage appeals denial to relocate business

A downtown Charleston horse carriage company owner who couldn’t relocate his business because his property was deemed too close to a residential zone has appealed to a circuit judge.

Representatives of Carolina Polo and Carriage filed the appeal in Charleston County this month.

Earlier this year, the business wanted to move to another site within the tourist district, from Hayne Street to Pinckney Street, but met opposition.

The second location, at 45 Pinckney St., is 93.5 feet from the nearest residential zone district. A city restriction requires that stables be at least 100 feet away.

Carolina Polo owner Robert Knoth was also denied both a special exemption and a variance request from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals-Zoning after he thought the move was being allowed. One of the legal challenges has to do with where measurement lines are taken.

After the denials, the city worked with the business by allowing Carolina Polo to keep its seven draft horses about 2.5 miles away in a former police barn but at a cost of $5,000 per month. The business can operate on Pinckney Street during the day by trailing its stock in, but then has to take them back out again each night.

No court date was immediately set.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.

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