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Controversy over new dog grooming company on HHI

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The owner of Hilton Head Island's Red Rover Dog Grooming company has more hurdles to jump through before she can move her business next door to the Church of Christ on Bow Circle.

The town's Board of Zoning gave her permission to open a kennel, but now she needs approval from the design review board.

According to the town's laws, every business must go through the private review board before bringing it to the town.

There's just one problem - no one knows where the private review board is or who they are, but even if she finds them, her business might still not go here because the church is doing everything they can to stop it.

Paige Grisette, the owner of Red Rover Dog Grooming wants to turn an empty building on Bow Circle into a kennel and grooming spa for dogs. It would service 32 dogs at a time.

"Our clients are clamoring for a good quality place for their dogs to be boarded and daycare on the south end...so that's why this location," she said.

The building shares a driveway with the Church of Christ, and they said there is no way a dog kennel going next door.

"We support private business in an appropriate place. This is not the type of place where it was ever anticipated that a dog facility would be...there would be noise...there will be smells. It's just simply not the place as far as the church is concerned," Thomas Taylor, a lawyer for the church said.

Tuesday, during a design review board meeting, Grisette presented drawings of what the property would look like once she takes it over.

She plans to build a 6-foot-tall fence to contain the noise, and a wall would block part of the fence that faces the church to conceal the dogs while they're outside.

"I'm very confident in our plan and our ability to manage this environment in a very controlled professional way," Grisette said.

The church is appealing the Board of Zoning appeals decision to allow Grisette an exemption to even open a kennel. They said the building is too large, which they said doesn't comply with town law.

"I think the biggest issue is their fear of the unknown," she said.

The circuit court judge plans to make a decision on the church's appeal on Sept. 15. Even though the Board of Zoning gave her permission to open a kennel, she will still need approval from the design review board which she won't get until she finds the private architectural board.

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