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Shopping center shooting range idea near Charleston shot down

One of the most important factors in real estate is the location of a property or establishment. A business' location can help determine its success. However, it can also raise the ire of its potential customers and prevent the business from ever opening its doors.

A proposed shooting range in a shopping center was denied a zoning permit after several area residents posed objections to the business opening its doors at its proposed location. The shooting range was to be part of a retail store that sold hunting and fishing gear. Although the retail element of the location would have been permitted, the gun range required its own permit.

Residents who lived near the shopping center opposed the opening of the gun range for several reasons. One reason is that the shopping center also houses a dance studio and a karate studio. The center also serves as a bus stop for several local schools in the area. The shopping center is also at the entrance of a housing development. Residents were not comfortable with a shooting range being in such close proximity of children. There were also concerns about the noise that a gun range could generate in a residential area.

Some residents pointed out that they were not opposed to a shooting range, but they wanted the range to be placed in a more industrial area that would not be as easily accessible to children and noise would be less of a factor. The owner of the retail store had reiterated that safety was their primary concern, but the planning commission denied the zoning request.

A business cannot survive without customers, so it is best for everyone when a business and surrounding residents can exist in harmony. However, zoning issues can be a bone of contention for a variety of reasons, so sometimes it is best to let a legal professional offer words of advice regarding these issues. An objective viewpoint can help both sides reexamine the issues and possibly come to an agreement that works for everyone.

Source: The Post and Courier, "Mount Pleasant residents jam effort to bring indoor shooting range to shopping center" Jennifer Berry Hawes, Apr. 24, 2014

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