Hominy Grill is proposing an expansion, adding another floor to the popular restaurant as well as additional patio dining. Owners will be requesting an exception to the city’s parking requirements from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the third floor meeting room at 75 Calhoun St. Another request includes a variance to use the old Masons building at 145 St. Phillip St. for a violin shop, music school, and a theater performance space. Previous development ideas included a kosher deli and Jewish student housing.

Also Tuesday, the Town of Mt. Pleasant will be holding a Finance Committee meeting (one of several that day). The committee will discuss the policy authorizing the town administrator to approve grants with no local match. These types of grants have come under scrutiny in front of other local governing bodies, usually with the gripe that state and federal grants are still paid for through taxpayer dollars, therefore it’s not a free lunch. The meeting is at 9:45 a.m. in the municipal complex conference room, 100 Ann Edwards Lane.

Charleston County Council will swear in its newly elected members at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at the county’s public services building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. New members Anna Johnson and Joe Qualey will join re-elected councilmen Teddie Pryor and Dickie Schweers during the ceremony. The council’s Finance Committee and the full council is expected to consider a $75,000 state grant to hire a DUI prosecutor in the solicitor’s office. The grant would come from the state Department of Public Safety and the S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination.

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