by John Steinberger | March 27, 2018 6:45 pm
Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin told the Greater Lowcountry Republican Club Tuesday that he opposes the annexation of property located behind West Ashley Walmart, contending that the increased density allowed by the city zoning ordinances would enable the construction of 400 apartment units. He pledged to work with Charleston County Council Chairman Vic Rawl on the issue.
Griffin said the possible apartment development would add to traffic congestion in the area and potentially create additional flooding risk to property owners in the Church Creek Drainage Basin, who have experienced multiple flooding events since 2015. Griffin said he would oppose all new development in the basin unless city engineers could prove that the infrastructure is in place to accommodate it. He earlier put pressure on city staff to publish the Church Creek Drainage Basin Study, which was completed in early November.
Griffin made drainage and traffic his top issues in his campaign to unseat Councilman Dean Riegel and fellow challenger Summer Massey in the November 2017 City Council elections. He walked the entire 5000-acre Church Creek basin and documented an “extreme lack of maintenance” there. Griffin has already gotten CSX Railroad and SCANA to agree to provide access on their properties for city maintenance crews. He expressed concern that the flooding problems have priced people out of the insurance market and have resulted in people not being able to sell their homes. He said, “People are willing to pack up and leave if we can’t get this issue resolved.”
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