Stop the big apartment complexes

Stop the big apartment complexes
June 07 22:36 2016 Print This Article

Lowcountry WatchdogUrban planners in Charleston County are pushing the “sustainable development” agenda, which calls for large apartment complexes combined with retail space in our suburban communities.  These “mixed-use” developments are given nice-sounding names like “gathering places”.

I recently attended a community meeting on James Island concerning The Lively, a proposed “mixed-use” development along the intersection of Folly Rd. and South Grimball Rd.  The proposal calls for 340 apartment units, art studios and 700 parking spaces within a 10 acre parcel.

Developer plans for a West Ashley complex

Every James Island resident who attended the meeting expressed opposition to the development.  Grimball Rd. resident Penny Cromwell expressed concerns about the increased traffic and worsening a pre-existing flooding problem.  She noted that the area already floods whenever there is a rainstorm.

Town of James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey has spoken out against the development.  If the parcel were located within the town, it would have been limited to 40 apartment units.  Charleston County Council will eventually vote on the project.

One of my priorities as a candidate for Charleston County Council is to preserve the suburban character of West Ashley, James Island and other communities.  Building high-density apartment complexes is inappropriate as is continued building on wetlands.  I will vigorously oppose permitting a “gathering place” within the swampy West Ashley Circle.

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