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Mt. Pleasant planning commission votes for height limits along Shem Creek, Coleman Blvd.

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Mount Pleasant's planning commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend height limits along Shem Creek and Coleman Boulevard. Debate and discussion have been going on for several months, but heated up after a four-story building along Shem Creek was given the green light last October.

The commission took up two key amendments. The first would reduce the maximum height along Shem Creek from 55 to 45 feet.

"To take these eight parcels out of the 55-foot zone area is a very good move in the right direction,” says James Bagwell, a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant.

"This is certainly a win, but it's, unfortunately, not going to affect the one project that is up for approval currently,” says James Scott, another Mt. Pleasant resident.

The project is as controversial now as it was when it was approved last October when seven of the town council members voted in favor of the office building and parking garage at Shem Creek. Gary Santos was the only council member to oppose the measure.

"As it is proposed now, it's going to be 55-foot tall brick box."

The four-story, 55-foot office building and parking garage will be built at Coleman Boulevard and Mill Street. Mayor Linda Page says while the structure may push some architectural boundaries, accommodating Mt. Pleasant's growth is a necessity.

"Development is great,” says Scott. “Development is how our town grows, how we cover our revenues, we pay police and fire, but the key is where do you develop and how do you develop."

"It doesn't seem like it would be so wrong to say no to some of these developers, say not to some of this crowding, this over-development."

The second amendment voted on would not allow 55-foot buildings, near Moultrie Plaza on Coleman Boulevard, to piggyback on their 75-foot neighbors.

"The more of these 75-foot buildings, we're getting into a tunnel. There are no trees. There's no sun."

"Seventy-five feet is too high. Adjacent 75-feet is an outrage that would make our beautiful town hideous."

Both recommendations will go before town council for multiple readings.

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