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Plans to add convenience store near James Island neighborhood raise questions

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Big changes could soon be in the works for parts of James Island's Woodland Shores community.

On Saturday, many residents were notified of a community meeting, hosted by Sunoco, inviting them to discuss plans to relocate and expand the existing Sunoco convenience store on Maybank Highway.

The new store, which would sit at the intersection of Woodland Shores Road and Maybank Highway, features a new, much larger design, offering upgrades such as a market and deli.

Currently, the intersection is not zoned to accommodate a gas station, and would have to be re-zoned before construction could begin.

According to Charleston County spokesperson Shawn Smetana, Sunoco officials must first hold a public meeting before they can apply for a change with the county.

That meeting has been scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at James Island Baptist Church on Wappoo Drive.

Ahead of Thursday's meeting, many residents raised questions of noise, odor, traffic, and livability.

Sandra Lang, who bikes through the neighborhood often, was most concerned the new store would compromise the quaint atmosphere she's grown accustomed to.

"James Island is just a relaxed, beautiful place to live," she said. "I just hope they would be reflective or thoughtful about what we already have."

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