Residents react to proposed Mt. Pleasant commercial development
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) – Bowman Consulting brings a 69,800 square foot area of retail, restaurants, a snowshoe club and more to the town of Mount Pleasant.
The Highway 17 North Retail Village will be located on nearly 15 acres off Highway 17 around Joe Bryant Court.
People who live nearby wonder about the effects this will have on traffic and congestion.
“I personally think it’s been overbuilt,” said John Messineo, who has resided at Mount Pleasant for seven and a half years. “And I remember they said a few years ago that they were going to set a moratorium, supposedly, build, and that never happened. And try to get out of my compound now in the morning to go work, I mean, the traffic has almost tripled since I’ve been here. And they keep building, but the streets are crazy. So, I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep building without doing anything about it. ‘infrastructure.
In contrast, there are people like Joseph Laudatia, who has been a resident of Mt. Pleasant for nine years, who think having better access to jobs at a time like this is more important than traffic.
“I feel like with the increase in production and infrastructure here, traffic could definitely be a little worse,” Laudatia said. “But, I feel like overall it would be good for our local economy. I feel like people have more job opportunities, and I feel like that would be a good thing.
This project will cost approximately $28,640,000 according to its impact study. The assessment also indicates that this commercial village will support the town’s goals of protecting the character of the existing town and improving livability.
The fate of the project will be decided at the Mount Pleasant planning committee meeting on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
The village is also expected to include retail stores, medical practices, and luxury pet boarding and grooming.
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