Hearings set on Spring Grove plans

Summers Corner, WestRock’s new housing development south of Summerville, will offer an open house Saturday.

Lower Charleston County residents will have a chance to comment on WestRock’s proposed Spring Grove development in a public meeting Sept. 16.

The 6:30 p.m. gathering, hosted by the Charleston County Planning Commission, will take place in the multipurpose room at E.B. Ellington Elementary School at 5540 Old Jacksonboro Road in Ravenel.

Developers plan thousands of residences, a number of retail outlets and a business park on 14,000 acres along U.S. Highway 17. About 75 percent of the land will remain rural, with one building or less per 25 acres. The business park will be 740 acres and a regional retail district will encompass 40 acres.

The residential portion of the development would be split into settlements ranging from 1,400 dwellings to 150 homes. Overall, the project would have 7,500 dwelling units in a “town,” “village” or “corner.”

It’s envisioned as a place where residents live, work and play rather than a bedroom community of commuters, according to Ken Seeger, president of WestRock Land and Development.

The applicant is MWV-East Edisto Spring Grove LLC, a division of WestRock.

The development also will be discussed at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 during a special Planning Commission meeting; at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 during a public hearing in Charleston County Council Chambers; at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 during a Planning and Public Works Committee meeting; and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 during County Council meetings. All of those meetings will be in the Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston;

To learn more, go to www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/zoning-planning/projects-sgd.php.

WestRock’s newest residential neighborhood, Summers Corner, will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Sept. 19.

Visitors can tour six model homes priced in the $200,000s from four builders and enjoy drinks at Corner House Cafe + Information, listen to live music, watch a demonstration by Master Gardeners and buy native plants. Children can enjoy storytelling, poolside popsicles, lawn games and other activities.

The Corner House is at Summers Drive and Beech Hill Road on S.C. Highway 61, just off U.S. Highway 17A south of Summerville.

The homebuilders include Dan Ryan Builders, Eastwood Homes, FrontDoor Communities and Sabal Homes.

The foreclosure rate continues to plummet in the Charleston-North Charleston market as the economy improves.

The rate of foreclosures in the area for outstanding mortgage loans dropped to 1.31 percent in June, a decrease of 0.53 percentage points from the same month last year, property information service CoreLogic reported.

The national average was 1.28 percent for June.

The local mortgage delinquency rate for those 90 days or more behind on payments also fell, dropping to 3.13 percent from 4.16 percent a year earlier.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524.