CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Whether neighbors like it or not, two new projects will be coming to Maybank Highway.
A new site just approved this week will bring many single family homes to Maybank Highway near River Road on Johns Island. Tim Keane, Director of Planning for the City of Charleston says no plans have been made quite yet for the size of the new subdivision, council just approved it Tuesday.
On the opposite end of Maybank, on James Island, near Folly Road, construction is set to begin in the next 30 days. An apartment complex with 270 units will be built on a 20 acre lot. The land will also have commercial space for businesses. The development will complete the City of Charleston's vision for the area of Maybank called McLeod Villiage.
Amelia Robbins says she lives on Maybank Highway to be close to work, but is concerned about the amount of added traffic to the roadway once the new apartments are built.
"The only thing it's going to do is make it even more congested than it already is. I think it's the last thing that Maybank Highway needs right now, especially all the development on Johns Island and Kiawah and Seabrook. It's just only going to add to the congestion," said Robbins.
Michele Hoban's business, Muddy Waters Coffee sits next to the construction site. She has mixed feelings about the new development.
"We always appreciate more business, having more business will be wonderful. My big concern is people will try to find an alternate route around this area, so we would actually lose some business because that road doesn't move in the morning. It's so backed up," said Hoban.
Tim Keane says extensive traffic studies have been done and changes were already made to the intersection of Folly Road and Maybank Highway.
There's a plan to connect Flemming Road to Cross Creek Drive to ease traffic on the James Island end of Maybank Highway.
Keane says it could take several years before construction is done on both sites.