At the Jan. 09, Berkeley County Council meeting members decided to greenlight bills that will allow three separate pieces of land to become one single 39-acre slice. It’s the beginning steps on a project that would place another apartment complex right beside the other on College Park Road in Goose Creek.
The plan is to construct Garden Park Apartments. The company Garden Park LandCo, LLC is wanting to build 10 separate units on the land. The piece along College Park Road backs up to the Hamlets in Crowfield and is across from Caromi Village.
The proposal shows the complex will consist of 288 multi-family housing units. The complex will certainly add new congestion an already busy stretch of road. And it will be adjacent to the recently built, the Reserve at Crowfield which, the proposal shows has 198 living units.
The developer is also wanting to offer affordable living space. It was stated at the meeting, the reason council took up the measure of erasing the split zoning in the area is because the company can’t receive federal funding, for an area that is zoned as such.
The plans are to have one, two or three bedroom apartments inside the space. But the effort is still in the beginning stages. Council allowed a consideration before the first reading, so nothing is set in stone. Surely a big issue will be the traffic. At the meeting council members seemed to be the most concerned about the roads and the traffic studies. There are three schools nearby as well. College Park Middle and Elementary and Stratford High School.
Council was told by planning staff the area in question does meet all the requirements that make up the county’s comprehensive plan, which includes diverse housing choices.
There will be public comments regarding the matter at the next County Council meeting on Jan. 23.