Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The State Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that would block a large hotel development adjacent to Marion Square, and now developers are moving ahead to ensure it becomes reality.
The hotel will be large enough for 185 rooms, include full services and amenities for guests, and a rooftop pool eight stories high.
"I've been working on this project for ten years and we finally got our approval from the Supreme Court. We're very and excited and we'll be building the hotel we've been planning on," developer Michael Bennett said.
Bennett owns the old Charleston County Public Library site, but he hasn't been able to develop the property because local preservation groups sued him over his hotel development plans.
The Historic Charleston Foundation says "The 3x height designation for the entire project site permitting a maximum height of 105 feet, threatens the historic character of this important public space."
While some people in the community may think that eight stories high is too tall for this area, project planners say that's still shorter than a church steeple and a hotel right across the street.
Now that the State Supreme Court has given the hotel development plans the go ahead, Bennett says when built the hotel will fit right in with the area.
"It's beautiful architecture, classic architecture, when we build this it will look like it's been here for a long time," Bennett said.
Locals say they're ready to see something built in place of the unused building.
"It will be nice to get rid of this eyesore across the street. I think Mike Bennett's plan is a good plan," resident Larry Tarleton said.
The HCF is working with attorneys to figure out their next course of action.
Mayor Joe Riley and the City of Charleston supported the developer Michael Bennett as he went to court to fight for the hotel.
The hotel is estimated to cost more than $70 million to build. The developer says the timeline for construction is pending one last approval by the city's Board of Architectural Review.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:50:09 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>