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Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and other officials say plans to build a multipurpose complex of city offices, meeting space, restaurants and retail shops are well underway in a lot that has been empty for nearly four years after having been the site of a former West Ashley Piggly Wiggly grocery store. The project, at the intersection of Old Town Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, has incorporated a significant amount of public input, Tecklenburg said, and the plan involves a space where residents can come to have easier access to city offices, as well as public space for outdoor movies, arts and crafts fairs and other community events. More: The Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

Atlantic hurricane season on pause for now, experts say. July is set to end quietly amid the Atlantic hurricane season this year, but the silence could be broken in August, meteorologists predict. More: The Washington Post

S.C. counties, cities told to carefully review user fees. Organizations representing local governments in South Carolina plan to ask lawmakers to broaden the definition of fees they use to raise money for items like road maintenance. More: Associated Press

DHEC reports 1,236 new cases, 13 deaths in week. Numbers of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina have spiked since last week, with the delta variant of the virus contributing to an “alarming” number of positive cases across the state, public officials say. More: Charleston City Paper, The Washington Post

State jobless rate improves as federal benefits end. South Carolina’s jobless rate continued to drop last month, from 4.6% to 4.5%, as pandemic-related cash benefits for the unemployed are set to end in the state. More: Associated Press

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