The Agenda: Marion Square hotel plans expand 

A new King Street restaurant and redistricting are also on the radar

Another slow week for public meetings as we crawl into April, but expect things to heat up as we get into state and local budget discussions.

DOWNTOWN: A couple of big changes downtown are on the agenda for the city's Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday. A restaurant is looking to fill the former Teavana space on King Street. Before you start worrying about cramped seating, the design plans call for opening up the second floor for patron use. The owners are requesting a zoning exception to avoid providing required parking spaces. Hotel plans for the Mendel Rivers Federal Building at Marion Square are back on the zoning board agenda. The board approved 120 rooms for the building last month. Architects are returning to the city this week to ask for another 41 rooms. The meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the third floor conference room at 75 Calhoun St.

REDISTRICTING: This is in no way an exciting public hearing, but its an important one Thursday. The state legislature is just beginning the process of redrawing Congressional and Statehouse district lines and Charleston is the last stop on a tour by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Redistricting Subcommittee. Members includes Lowcountry senators Glenn McConnell and Robert Ford, so you could at least get a chance to talk to your legislator. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Trident Technical College's 920 building at the Rivers Avenue campus.


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