Neighbors plan to fight planned IGA store in Goose Creek

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Two Goose Creek subdivisions are upset about plans for a new IGA grocery store that would be built right in front of their neighborhoods. The neighbors are planning to meet with Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler to discuss their concerns.

The neighbors are so concerned already because the lines for the grocery store have already been marked off on the sale property. According to the map, the new grocery store would border Woodland Lakes road, Highway 52 and Windsor Mill Road.

Woodland Lakes home owners club president Melanie Murray said the subdivisions' entrance would be the entrance to the store. Murray said her neighbors and the homeowners in Braemore are concerned the store would bring more traffic and possible crime to their neighborhoods.

Murray said many of the neighbors feel that Goose Creek doesn't need another grocery store. She suggests if another store is needed it should be built further out as opposed to the already congested area where they live.

"There's going to be no good traffic control and we're a quiet subdivision. The traffic that's potential from Old Moncks Corner Road through to Highway 52 would just be potentially phenomenal and I don't want to see the crime come in to this neighborhood," said Murray.

Murray said the sale of the property has not gone through yet. Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler said the store is still in the early stages of planning and the plans have not been approved by the city yet.

Thursday's 6:30 p.m. meeting at Goose Creeks City Hall is a regular scheduled meeting which the mayor holds to speak with different neighborhoods about concerns. He said it just happens to be Woodland Lakes turn to talk.

A city planning commission meeting will follow the town meeting at city hall that meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.  Supporters for IGA are expected to be at that meeting.

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