Summerville Neighborhood Townhouse Plans Denied by City Council | News
SUMMERVILLE — Plans for a townhouse complex off U.S. Highway 78 won’t see the light of day — at least not through the city council.
Developers along with Dan Ryan Builders and South Pointe Ventures were denied permission to annex nearly 16 acres of Dorchester County land to the town of Summerville.
The property is located off US 78, approximately one mile from the Berlin G. Myers Parkway.
The goal after annexation was to zone multi-family residential property and build townhouses. The Summerville Planning Commission recommended council members deny approval, and officials followed suit.
Commission members highlighted the heavy traffic in the area. Residents and officials said it was often impossible to get out of the South Pointe community.
“It’s a very populated area,” said Kevin Carroll, one of the commission members.
At a recent town council meeting, Ron Bullman, a representative of Dan Ryan Builders, spoke on behalf of the developers and owner.
According to Bullman, the owner is determined to do something with the property. Refusal does not mean the package disappears, he said.
“People come to Summerville,” he said.
The property is called “donut hole”. It is a small county property surrounded entirely by land owned by the City of Summerville.
This recent annexation attempt marks the second time the developers have tried to do something with the property. In 2020, they attempted to build a 228-unit apartment complex, but the petition was withdrawn following community refusal.
It is zoned as a transitional residential neighborhood in Dorchester County. This zoning allows manufactured homes.
“We would really hate to see this parcel turn into a trailer park,” Bullman said.
Residents of the nearby community of South Pointe were relieved to hear the council’s denial decision. One resident, Tom Clark, said he hadn’t met anyone in South Pointe who was in favor of townhouses.
Tracy Hirsch has lived there since 2008. She expressed concern that the area was already extremely crowded.
“The roads can no longer support people,” she said. “We don’t have the schools in place.”
At the recent town council meeting and other gatherings, some community members said they were only okay if single-family homes were on the property.
In the meantime, they hope issues such as traffic and flooding will be resolved before further construction in the area is approved.
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