Resentment grows over new development next to the historic Old Village

Published: Nov. 26, 2013 at 4:35 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2013 at 4:44 AM EST
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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Twenty-six homes on a little more than an acre, Earl's Court sits at the corner of Whilden and Hibben streets off of Coleman Boulevard.

"When this project came up and the initial sign was up that showed a new street in the new village, the schematics that were up there didn't appear as dense as what we've now learned that the project is actually going to be," explains James Scott, who lives in the Old Village.

Developer and president of the I'ON Group, Vince Graham, says the neighborhood will be reflected in the homes.

"I think what we're doing compliments the Old Village and provides a nice buffer between the busier Coleman, the convenient store and the other retail shops and the historic part of the village."

However, some residents feel little thought went into the initial planning.

"Overly dense, without accommodation of safety, traffic and neighborhood into the nature of that development. It's an imposition. We don't like it."

"Our concerns are about the density, about the parking issues, about the safety," says Scott. "It's really the front door to the neighborhood, and so how this project is developed is going to shape the entrance to the Old Village and old Mt. Pleasant for generations to come."

Graham says Earl's Court is part of the Coleman Boulevard Overlay District. A former Mt. Pleasant councilman says Graham has a right to build Earl's Court.

"He's done exactly what the plan and the zoning have allowed him to do, and there are other developers that are doing the same thing," says Councilman Tom Utsey.

Utsey says he's more worried about all the other high-density development coming to Mt. Pleasant.

"I'm looking to get a list of everything that is on the books, the applications that are already in process. It is shocking."

Town Councilman Gary Santos organized Monday's meeting. He says some solutions are an Old Village committee that would work with town officials on future development and a temporary moratorium on building permits in the Coleman Boulevard Overlay District.