City of Charleston sues North Charleston over annexed West Ashley land

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed a joint lawsuit in Charleston County Circuit Court against the City of North Charleston.

The lawsuit claims the National Trust owns part of the annexed land in West Ashley and didn't consent to the annexation. The North Charleston City Council ratified the land annexation in December, and the lawsuit asks that the ordinance to annex the land be declared invalid.

The lawsuit states North Charleston's annexation of the land is "part of its larger scheme to increase its tax base."

The National Trust owns Drayton Hall Plantation, which is considered a National Historic Landmark, near the piece of contended land. As part of the lawsuit, Charleston claims the National Trust has public importance and North Charleston's move to annex the land "undermines" the Ashley River Historic District.

Charleston also claims that the ordinance violates the rights of the National Trust and adding that North Charleston "leapfrogs" land currently owned by the City of Charleston.

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