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February 20, 2013 

Rezoning OK’d for apartment, office complex at Gregg Park

Columbia City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to rezoning about 31/2 acres for an apartment and office complex at the doorstep of the Gregg Park neighborhood. The unanimous vote clears the way for construction to start this summer, said Matt Mundy of Estates Management Co., which is developing the property that fronts along Forest Drive at the entrance to the upscale neighborhood. The company has not said publicly how many apartments it plans to build and its request to rezone the property from residential to commercial does not spell out a construction plan. But Estate president Bob Mundy told City Council in early February that his company plans to locate its corporate office in the complex.

Beaufort sinks proposal for ‘botels’

Beaufort City Council has torpedoed the idea of so-called “botels” at the Beaufort’s Downtown Marina. The Beaufort Gazette said City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday against the idea of allowing boaters to rent cabins overnight while they are docked at the marina. The local planning commission approved the idea last year after it was approached by the owner of a 93-foot yacht that docks at the marina. Council members had various objections to the idea ranging from the need for more parking to wear and tear on the marina by larger vessels. One council member said he received numerous letters from residents opposed to the idea. Mayor Billy Keyserling said botels don’t fit his vision of the city’s waterfront.

Boeing to offer temporary Dreamliner battery fix

A congressional official says Boeing will propose to federal regulators a plan to temporarily fix problems with the 787 Dreamliner’s batteries that have kept the planes on the ground for more than a month. The official said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner is expected to present the plan to federal officials later this week. The 787 fleet has been grounded since Jan. 16 after a battery caught fire on a plane parked in Boston and a smoking battery led to an emergency landing by another plane in Japan.

Clif LeBlanc and The Associated Press contributed.

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