A proposal to rezone a James Island shopping center, a move that some town administrators say could further Folly Road's potential to become a hub for late-night businesses, will be discussed at the Charleston city council meeting Tuesday night.
The Charleston Planning Commission recently voted to rezone the Queensborough Plaza shopping strip at 1175 Folly Road from a limited business to a general business zone. City council now must either approve or deny the commission's proposal.
The council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 80 Broad St.
Under the limited businesses zone, tenants of Queensborough Plaza are only permitted to operate from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. A general business zone does not restrict hours of operation.
Town of James Island administrators oppose the rezoning.
"The neighborhood behind the Queensborough center is in the town's jurisdiction, so we feel the need to protect their quality of life and the zoning that has been approved there," said James Island planner Kristen Crane. "Having a business that would stay open later would probably affect their quality of life."
City council member Kathleen Wilson said she will also voice concerns about the rezoning tonight at the council meeting.
"To upzone this all as general business allows for even more encroachment and more intensive uses up and down Folly Road. ... and it encourages the proliferation of more bars and things like that."
Anchor tenants of the retail center, Kickin' Chicken and Max and Henry's, are two restaurants that have variances that allow them to stay open until 2 a.m. Currently, if the restaurants leave the center, future businesses of the space would not have permission to operate after 11 p.m.
Members of the Charleston Planning Commission could not immediately be reached for comment.
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