Bail Bondsman to locate on E. Stone Ave

The following was sent out by Council Member Amy Doyle…we are posting in case some did not see it.

I have heard from many of you regarding the new bail bonds store opening on Stone Avenue.  Bail bonds are allowed by right in c-2 and OD zoning.  They do not require a review by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), nor do they require a special exception through the citizen-based Board of Zoning Appeals. 
As you know, the tools for a city to regulate businesses in a free market are limited.  Zoning is critical.  Stone Avenue is a mixture of c-2 and OD zoning.  Stone Avenue was previously zoned c-3; the city “downzoned” to give it more protection several years ago.    
The city planning department continually reviews land use and updates zoning and requirements; most recently a FRD classification (flexible review district) was created.   But, we must remain vigilant about the impact of businesses on our redeveloping corridors.    
In addition to zoning, the city requires a business license to operate.  If a business has had public safety issues or operates against code, the city has revoked a business license.
The property owner has indicated this bail bonds is a short term lease.  He is also the developer for the previously blighted junkyard “Shinola strip” which is undergoing a major renovation with a new proposed restaurant.  
More to come… Planning staff is reviewing now……I will follow up. 

Amy Ryberg Doyle

City Council

Greenville, SC
Bail Bondsman to locate on E. Stone Ave
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