Patriots Point director to leave post at year's end

Dick Trammell, Patriots Point executive director, said he would consider staying in the job after Dec. 31, if asked, should a successor not be hired by then.

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One more item on the list of things the struggling military museum Patriots Point Development Authority needs: a new executive director. Less than a year after taking the position on a permanent basis, Dick Trammell tendered his resignation.

Trammell, 64, said he intends to stay on the job through year's end. He also offered to return to his previous position of tourism and business development director if the state agency finds a replacement before Dec. 31.

Trammell hung his decision on the fact that the authority's board will grow from six to nine members, keeping only three of its existing members.

"The board is going to be turning over and, in my opinion, they should be able to choose who they would like to lead the next phase at Patriots Point," he said.

Exit stage left

KB Home is pulling out of Charleston. The Los Angeles-based builder said it would stop buying land in the area and finish building homes on the remaining cleared lots in its three local developments: The Preserve at Charleston Park in North Charleston and Blackberry Creek and Waterside Landing, both in Summerville. KB's design studio in North Charleston will close once construction is complete. "It's market conditions," a spokeswoman said. "We made a decision at this time not to invest in additional communities."

Big-ticket item

A Southern-style plantation home at the mouth of Shem Creek is now Mount Pleasant's priciest residence. The 7,015-square-foot house recently sold for $7.5 million, according to county property records.

The five-bedroom property built in 2003 is on Haddrell Street in the Old Village.

The buyers Randolph and Donna Friedman of Michigan, declined to comment.

Mall talk

Slicker Interactive and Memphis based shopping center giant CBL & Associates, which includes Citadel Mall and Northwoods Mall among its holdings, announced a partnership.

They plan to launch an application called mallMerlin for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to guide shoppers, step by step, to the stores and deals they seek

Tommy Dew, a local tour guide and chief executive of Slicker, said the free mobile application leads customers to the neatest mall with the service, then shows them the stores inside and which of those businesses offer the products the shopper wants.