McCoy legislation battles James Island overdevelopment

McCoy legislation battles James Island overdevelopment
April 18 12:03 2017 Print This Article

James Islanders have had it with recent high density development such as The Standard apartments on Maybank Highway, The Core apartments being built next to the Standard, and the proposed 132-unit Central Park complex being built in the old Carmike James Island 8 movie theater location. Angry James Islanders attended last month’s City Council meeting protesting the new development.

In response to this public outcry, Representative Peter McCoy has proposed legislation allowing the annexation of unincorporated areas of James Island into the Town of James Island. Many feel the only way to protect James Island from high density development is to withdraw from the control of City of Charleston. It is late in the legislative session, and the bill’s success is in doubt.

In response to public outcry is Mayor John Tecklenburg ‘s consideration of a moratorium on apartment development on James Island. Many are hoping this will be on the city council agenda for the April 25 meeting.

A group called Save James Island has petitions circulating opposing apartment development.   Here’s hoping the Charleston City Council will listen.