Assisted Living Center on JI another phase in Gathering Place project

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Source: City of Charleston (Assisted Living Center)
Source: City of Charleston (Assisted Living Center)
Source: City of Charleston (Assisted Living Center)
Source: City of Charleston (Assisted Living Center)
Source: City of Charleston (Assisted Living Center)
Source: City of Charleston (Assisted Living Center)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A meeting to discuss a new James Island Assisted Living Center off Maybank Highway was canceled hours before it was supposed to happen.

Bill Turner, the Principal Planner with the City of Charleston's Planning, Preservation & Sustainability Department, said the meeting was canceled "due to a lack of quorum."

Turner said that item may be on the agenda on Nov. 12.

The center is part of a much larger project call the "Maybank Gathering Place."

James Islanders are opposed to the continued construction of that project.

More than one-thousand people signed a petition, 35 pages long, and submitted it to the city's planning department Wednesday afternoon.

"I wasn't too pleased about the apartments coming up," said Jack Carter, a member of the Bethany Methodist Church off Maybank Highway.

The Standard was the first phase in the Maybank Gathering Place project on James Island.

As of a few weeks ago, islanders had the chance to check out the second phase, another apartment complex next to The Standard, fitted with some retail spaces.

On Thursday, the city's Design Review Board was to discuss another aspect to the project, an Assisted Living Center on Standard Way behind the Bethany Methodist Church.

"It's a great living center to go up," said Bill Farmer, another member of the church. "If I had the money I would probably go back there and make it happen, and go there myself."

Farmer along with several other members say they wouldn't mind having that center nearby.

"We would probably get quite a few to join our church if they were that close," Carter said. "We would love to have them as members."

"You'd have young people and old people," Farmer added. "Young people over here to The Standard. There's nothing wrong with interacting with old people. Maybe they could teach them a thing or two."

The center would consist of a two story, three pronged building sitting on three acres of land, with 160 units.

There would be plenty of outdoor seating filled with grassy areas.

"A lot of people are against it," Farmer said. "They hate to see all this construction going on."

Construction that may later turn into more traffic problems.

It's the number one issue many islanders have said about the project.

A Facebook page "Save James Island" is dedicated to relaying information about the "Maybank Gathering Project."

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