Development proposed for rural town of Ravenel

Development proposed for rural town of Ravenel

RAVENEL, SC (WCSC) - More homes and businesses could be coming to the rural town of Ravenel. Thousands of acres, owned by MeadWestVaco, have been proposed for development.

Charleston County planners say it could allow people in Ravenel to live, work and play all in the same place.

A development project, nearly a decade in the making, will soon be proposed in front of the Charleston County Planning Committee.

"People haven't heard about the project for a while because they started out in 2007, it was very active at that point and then when the recession hit they kind of pulled back on their Charleston County project," said Daniel Pennick, Planning Director for Charleston County.

The Spring Grove plan includes 14,508 acres. Most of that will be left untouched.

Pennick says the project calls for 75 percent of the land to remain rural.

"That leaves a little over 3,600 acres that can be developed, and out of that - you have wetlands," said Pennick.

Pennick says some of that space will also be used to build new roads. 
After that, developers will be left with around 2,500 acres for shops, homes and an industrial park.

The 700-acre industrial park, is proposed to be built right off Highway 17, near the rail line. 
Pennick said this could be a great space for a big name company, or one that supports it.

Plans also include a 40-acre retail center and a outdoor shopping center, similar to Mt. Pleasant's Town Center.

Planners say bringing more businesses to Ravenel will boost the local economy and allow people to live and work in the same place.

"People don't have to travel 30 or 40 miles to go into the city just to go shop or for a job," said Pennick.

Charleston County Council Planning and Public Works Committee will review the proposal on August 20. The first, of two, public hearings will be August 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Council Chambers.

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