Mount Pleasant Councilman Gary Santos to meet with residents Monday night about town development

MOUNT PLEASANT — With the recent public backlash against a dense series of homes and shops in the Old Village, a town councilman is meeting with residents Monday night to talk about what should and shouldn’t change.

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Town Councilman Gary Santos’ meeting with residents will be held at 6 tonight at Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd.

Newly elected Town Councilman Gary Santos said the meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday at Moultrie Middle School, is not just to discuss the controversy over Earl’s Court but also to open a dialogue about how residents can keep better track of development near them.

Earl’s Court, a dense mix of homes and shops being built at Whilden and Hibben streets, has drawn two big crowds to Town Hall this month, including one last week that successfully urged the Planning Commission to delay approval for the next phase.

Santos said he wanted to talk with residents about how they can keep track of development — and provide timely input.

“My whole idea is trying to educate and let them know what’s going on,” he said. “We work for them at the end of the day.”

Santos said Earl’s Court is vested, meaning construction work is beginning and it already has most of its approvals from the town. He doubted much there could change except perhaps for parking rules. “You can’t stop them once they’re vested,” he said.

And Santos said that development isn’t the only likely topic tonight. “We have people very concerned about businesses on Coleman, development on Coleman and the overall development of Mount Pleasant,” he said. “There will be a lot of people with a lot of different concerns.”

The town also has seen a big crowd about a proposed gas station at the entrance to Rivertowne — a request currently on hold for more study. But the Earl’s Court reaction ranks up there: Town Councilman Chris Nickels recently replied to several dozen residents via email telling them, “Unquestionably, you have the attention of this Council. I anticipate a good bit of dialogue going forward.”

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

Earlier versions of this online story incorrectly stated the date of the meeting, which is to be held Monday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.

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