The Mount Pleasant Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny approval to a proposed development off Long Point Road after residents came out strongly against it.
"I'm trying to figure out how the people in those apartments are going to get to their parking on the other side of the road with cars making U-turns to get to the fast-food restaurant," said resident Mary Beth Bennett. She was one of many Wednesday waiting to speak in a line that extended to the back of Town Council chambers.
Developers had proposed building a new grocery store, several fast-food restaurants and nearly 200 apartments next door to a vacant Food Lion.
Everyone who spoke at the hearing was opposed, and most said the area could not support the extra traffic or parking.
"I understand that it develops revenue," said Foster Hardie, who lives nearby. "But what is it that you see is good stewardship for Mount Pleasant?" he asked the commissioners.
Resident Rob Durbin said the already densely trafficked Paul Foster Road near the proposed development would get much worse if it were approved. "That road was made specifically for the fire station, to get those big trucks through," he said.
The development site includes a former cement manufacturing plant, truck terminal, and natural gas business, located on both sides of Belle Point Drive between Long Point Road and Paul Foster Road.
"It's not about a development. That's going to happen," said Brian Bolchoz, who drives by the site frequently. "I work in corrections, and this would be like me dumping 300 inmates in a big yard without a building. You can't put things where they can't be accommodated."
The commission's decision will be given to the Town Council, which will review the plan in August.
Developers proposed building a new grocery store in Mount Pleasant along with fast-food restaurants and nearly 200 apartments on this site where a cement manufacturing plant, truck terminal, and natural gas business once operated along Long Point Road. It was unanimously denied Wednesday by the town’s planning commission.×
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