Council says ‘No’ to apartment approval

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent A standing-room-only crowd of concerned residents packed Town Hall to hear Moncks Corner Town Council vote “No” to offer letters of approval supporting three proposed multi-family housing developments.

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Moncks Corner Town Council voted unanimously to deny letters of approval to three independent multi-family housing projects planned for Moncks Corner.

Council met in regular session Feb. 25 in Moncks Corner.

Developers for three independent multi-family home projects appeared before council requesting letters of approval. The letters would have been included in their grant request packages to the South Carolina Housing and Investment Authority.

A standing room only crowded filling town council chambers applauded the “No” vote to the three proposed developments, specifically a 42-unit project near the Sterling Oaks community off Rembert C. Dennis Blvd and Sterling Oaks Drive at the Main Street Extension.

Mayor Bill Peagler said the town does listen to its residents.

“I would like to thank the residents who participated in tonight’s meeting,” he said to the packed council chambers. “As you can see it’s important to us. We value your input and take your concerns to heart.”

The other two proposed developments include a 52-unit townhome community and a 32-unit development on Barony Street.

The vote from council means while the three developers can proceed with the funding process for each project, they will do so without the blessing of Moncks Corner Town Council.

According to Town Administrator Marc Hehn, nothing is set in stone in regard to the three developments. This is simply the first step, a request for funding.

“The developers submit their grant applications to the South Carolina Housing and Investment Authority along with many other housing projects from developers from around the state,” he said. “The authority reviews the grant applications and decides which projects are going to be funded, if any.

“This is just the financing portion,” Hehn said. “They haven’t started the design process yet. There are still several approval processes they would have to pass first such as the Highway Department, Berkeley County Water and Sanitation, the Planning Commission ... this was just the start of the process.”

• In other town business, council recognized two residents, Shawn Varner and Preston Bell, for their volunteer work with the town.

Varner volunteered 92 hours with the Recreation Department’s maintenance division between June and October of 2013.

“We sincerely appreciate the time, hard work and dedication you showed the town,” the mayor said.

Bell, an Eagle Scout applicant, replaced the town’s 74 American flags on display along Main Street during federal holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July as his Eagle Scout project.

“The display flags have been through some wear and tear over the years and were in need of replacement so we greatly appreciate Preston Bell’s efforts,” said Public Service Director Butch Svagerko. “Preston personally handled acquiring the flags and saw each and every step of the task through to completion to include properly removing and folding of the flags and the planned retirement ceremonies.”

Bell told council a retirement ceremony is scheduled for the end of March. “Proper retirement of the American flag is to burn the flag,” he said. “We plan to do this at the American Legion Post 126 headquarters on March 29.”

Bell said proper retirement is to tear off the stripes individually prior to burning, but with younger scouts in attendance he plans to demonstrate several different flag retirement procedures.

The 74 new American flags were donated by the Summerville Woodmen of the World office.

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