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Berkeley County leaders approve more multi-family housing

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) — Berkeley County Council has voted unanimously to rezone two parcels of land in Summerville from what would have been commercial space to areas for multi-family homes.

This project would include 278 multi-family units, a pavilion and walking paths for the people who live there. However, some residents have expressed concern about overdevelopment and potential businesses.

Seamon, Whiteside and Associates, Inc. and Wappoo Road Ventures are the companies behind this project.

This project will be located at the southwest corner of North Highway 17A and College Park Road, across from the Spinx gas station.

District 4 Councilman Tommy Newell said the rezoning would reduce daily road trips by a third compared to how the land is currently zoned. He says this project will retain the wooded and wet area at the back of the lot and the front part will be units.

Although people say they’re worried about having more businesses, Alisons Simmons, director of planning and zoning for Berkeley County, said having more people could provide more customers for current businesses.

“Generally, residential development supports commercial ventures,” Simmons said. “Often, the dynamism of commercial enterprises is based on rooftops as well as other factors. So, by providing additional accommodation, we can, in effect, support the local business climate in the surrounding area. »

Simmons said she doesn’t know when construction will begin, but the next step is for the companies to prepare a formal traffic impact analysis so development can begin.