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Future office building, parking garage along Shem Creek sparks grassroots effort

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - James Bagwell is among the voices of opposition to the four-story office building and parking garage slated to be built on Shem Creek. Their cause is now branded on a bumper sticker.

"We have distributed almost 2,000."

Bagwell, who has spent his life in Mount Pleasant, says the structure will be completely out of place. While the project is moving forward, Bagwell says what bothers him more is that he feels the public wasn't heard.

“We feel like the public was unaware that this project was about to take place. We feel like if there had been a very well-advertised public hearing on this project that people would have turned out in large numbers to voice their disapproval."

"The parking garage had four meetings,” explains Mt. Pleasant Mayor Linda Page. “It was not held anywhere that wasn't public.

Page says while the structure may push some architectural boundaries, preserving Shem Creek is a priority. She says the town has a vested financial interest.

“The Town of Mt. Pleasant is over $6 million in investments in improving the creek, working on the park, the park-phase 2. We are truly preserving waterfront vistas for all of the town."

Bagwell hopes the bumper stickers will spark some action, at least a pause on future development and review of size and density requirements for Mt. Pleasant as a whole.

"We're concerned that the character and just the way we live over here are going to be changed drastically by the proposed development that could take place in the next five to ten years."

"I want to quit changing the game...Today, it's this height. Tomorrow, it's this height, and it's really not fair to people who've made a cash investment in our community."

Town council will take up the issue of height allowances along Shem Creek and Coleman Boulevard on August 12. The proposal on the table is for a 60-foot maximum on Coleman Boulevard and a 50-foot maximum along Shem Creek.

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