A Mount Pleasant home builder was the top bidder for 99 long-vacant lots at the North Charleston Housing Authority's Horizon Village community and hopes to develop affordable homes there.
The Housing Authority put the lots up for auction in April for a minimum of $1.4 million. They are part of a more than decade-old plan to replace the 68-acre, World War II era North Park Village public housing complex with a mix of more than 500 rental homes, apartments for seniors, and homes sold at affordable prices.
Most of the housing was built earlier and is occupied, but the 99 lots are in a section of the property that ended up vacant after Maryland-based developer TCG Development Services ran into financial problems after building 31 homes. Ownership of the remaining land went back to the Housing Authority.
Hunter Quinn Homes of Mount Pleasant was the highest of two undisclosed bids for the lots, which already have public streets and utility connections in place. The sale awaits approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Housing Authority Executive Director Gary Scott.
"We intend to design a combination of attached and detached single-family product exclusively for Horizon Village to blend with the existing streetscape and meet the needs of the community," said Hunter Quinn President Will Herring. "That area of the Lowcountry is in need of affordable homes."
The Housing Authority had previously proposed building rental housing on the vacant land but ran into community opposition and decided to sell the lots.
"Will is a great guy and they are successful builders," Scott said. "We think they will do a terrific job for the betterment of the community."
Horizon Village is located between Spruill and South Rhett avenues, just south of Noisette Creek.