Boeing Co.'s future land-use plans for 466 acres it leased near Charleston International Airport last year are one vote away from getting the green light.
The rezoning of the property, which is being referred to as the "Aerospace Campus," will go to the full North Charleston City Council on Thursday. It cleared the city's Public Safety Committee unanimously last week.
The property, some wooded, some wetlands and some the former site of a sprawling mobile home park, currently operates under five zoning classifications, from multifamily residential to light industrial on 10 different parcels.
Boeing is asking to put it all under a planned development district, which would allow its manufacturing use and some in-house and on-site retail and service-sector uses. Residential would not be allowed.
Boeing South Carolina is leasing the land from Palmetto Railways, an arm of the S.C Commerce Department.
Under the plan, nearly 80 acres would be devoted to manufacturing, 182 acres set aside for automobile parking and tree-lined perimeter buffer zones, and 126 acres for aircraft parking and movement as well as parts housing. The rest would be used for stormwater detention ponds and office space.
Other than the forthcoming dual-bay hangar being developed on International Boulevard to custom-paint completed 787 Dreamliners for airlines, Boeing has not announced its intentions for the rest of the property between International Boulevard and Dorchester Road. The paint facility will open in 2016. Wetlands approval has already been received for the entire site.
Mount Pleasant-based Wild Wing Cafe has plucked its new full-time CEO away from the Bojangles' chicken chain.
Tom Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the chain's franchise expansion plans, which include adding nearly 70 restaurants over the next five years, the company said last week.
Edna Morris had been interim CEO since Bill Prather left the company in December for undisclosed reasons. Morris also is managing director of Charlotte-based Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns the casual dining chain.
"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," she said in statement. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level."
Previously, Lewison was president and COO of Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. He founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual-dining venture, and he owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants and 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations
Wild Wing was started on Hilton Head Island in 1990 and now has 37 locations in seven states. Axum Capital, which bought the chain from about two years ago, plans to grow to 100 restaurants by 2018, mostly in markets next to its Southeast operations.
An arm of the S.C. Research Authority is providing a dose of capital to a new Charleston company. SCRA Technology Ventures' SC Launch program said it will invest $200,000 in PharmRight Corp.
The Daniel Island-based health care technology company was founded in 2013. PharmRight developed PharmMate, an automated medication dispensing appliance for in-home use. The company's software suite and cloud-computing applications can monitor and report medication usage and compliance to family members and caregivers via the Web and on mobile devices.
The name change is now official for the operator of the biggest lodging in the city.
At their recent annual meeting, shareholders of Orient-Express Hotels approved a proposal to switch the moniker to Belmond Ltd.
The company said the change is "to align its corporate identity with that of its primary luxury brand following Belmond's well-received launch" in March.
The 440-room Belmond Charleston Place is the largest property in the Belmond stable. The Bermuda-based luxury hotelier has managed the downtown hotel and retail complex since 1995. It also controls a 19.9 percent stake in the property, where it's investing $30 million under a three-year renovation plan.
As part of the rebranding, Belmond also changed the ticker symbol of its New York Stock Exchange-listed class A common shares to BEL from OEH.
Pride in print
A Charleston entrepreneur plans to launch the Holy City's first magazine aimed at the growing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.
Maria Rivers, CEO of Profound River Productions LTD and publisher of the magazine, will debut BEAU in December. The free quarterly will be advertisement-based.
Rivers is in the process of collecting data on the size of the gay and lesbian community in the Charleston area, but she believes it is already sizable and will continue to grow as the population increases.
In a Gallup survey in 2013, 2.9 percent of South Carolinians identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
The percentage in Charleston is believed to be much higher, Rivers said.
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