Boom & Balance

An occasional series exploring the challenges ahead and the solutions being tested as rapid growth and development continue to outpace expectations and reshape the tri-county Charleston metro area.

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A proposed 240-unit apartment development off Interstate 26 at S.C. Highway 27 in Pringletown on the western edge of Berkeley County could soon help transform this rural community about a mile north of the $220 million Walmart distribution center under construction in Dorchester County and about a mile west of the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant.

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Charleston County's $106 million Airport Connector Road project will aim to accommodate existing and future travel demands at Charleston International Airport and address increased traffic congestion as the region continues to develop. But it will also force a handful of people to find somewhere else to live and some companies a new place to do business.

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Long Savannah, a massive development initially seen as strengthening conservation in the Charleston region, is now being challenged by environmental groups. Though it's been in the works for around 15 years, the more than 3,000-acre project is still in the relatively early stages of getting approval for disturbing sensitive wetlands.

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