“Close to 100 residents of a gated, country club community groaned with dismay and cursed April 15 when the planning commission voted for a low-income apartment complex close to their subdivision.
One resident of Wedgefield Plantation demanded to know when the topic would be discussed with Georgetown County Council. Planning director Holly Richardson quickly pulled out her phone and said it will be discussed further May 11.
The woman then sternly said she and her husband would be there before storming out of the Howard Center auditorium.
Georgetown Memorial Hospital originally bought the 64 acres off Wedgefield Road and North Fraser Street in 2008 to build a medical facility, but the project fell through.
Now, the hospital is looking to sell 16 acres of it to Foursix Housing and Blue Line development, but the sale depends upon a change in land use rules. This change in rules is what the commission recommended for council approval April 15, and the topic will now move to county council over its next several meetings.
Resident Tom Olejniczak said he and his family recently bought a plot of land in Wedgefield, and were planning on building a home. Its always been a dream of his to live in Wedgefield, he said.
“I remember driving in Wedgefield for the very first time and thinking ‘Wow, this is really pretty back here, I like this,’” Olejniczack said.
He told planning commission, though, that if the development is built, he and his family will not move forward with the build.
Georgetown County is in dire need of affordable housing, though, according to a recent study of the county conducted by Bowen National Research.
Based on the most recent census data, the average household income in Georgetown was just above $48,000 per year, making affordable rent in the county no more than $1,200 a month, or 30 percent of income. According to the county, average monthly rent in the county is between $1,000 and $1,500. “
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Lawrence, Demi. Georgetown Hills 16 April 2021.