West Ashley condo complex fighting completion of I-526

West Ashley condo complex fighting completion of I-526

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A West Ashley condominium complex is the last neighborhood to say no to finishing Interstate 526.

The Waterway South homeowners association held a meeting Wednesday to voice their concerns.

Home owners association president Joe Hodapp moved to Waterway South in 2005 for the incredible view

"We're right along the Stono River. The conditions we have are almost ideal," Hodapp said.

Hodapp says that spectacular view might soon be ruined by plans to finish Interstate 526.

He and other condo owners are concerned the highway will be built behind their homes.

"Once this roadway, if it is built, this is gonna create noise pollution. It could affect other things that we're just not aware of yet," said Hodapp.

Hodapp says he's heard the complex is not in the path of the highway and that no condos will have to be bulldozed to make room for it.

However, he's not totally convinced.

"You never know where this is gonna stop and that's the concern all of us have."

That is why eminent domain is one of the topics of the meeting.

Eminent domain is when the government has the right to take your property and pay you for it.

Hodapp says the best solution for the condo complex is for the I-526 project to come to a halt.

"If it stopped today, then we'd be happy."

Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor says that's not going to happen.

Pryor says he has met with Waterway South residents several times to hear their concerns.

He says plans are for the highway to be built on the other side of the Stono River and not close to the condos.

The council chairman also says the final design for the project has not been drawn up yet.

Hodapp says the complex won't wait for a final design to make their voices heard.

"Pretty much that's all we can do and try to fight the project as best we can. The cards are not in our favor."

Right now, there is no timetable for construction to start on finishing I-526.

Lawsuits could hold up the project.

The estimated cost is $558 million.

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