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West Columbia Planning Commission says no to new apartment complex off Charleston Highway

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) - The City of West Columbia’s Planning Commission voted against a developer’s request to change the zoning of a piece of property that could have been the first step in building additional apartments within the city limits. The complex that was said to be focusing on senior citizens as tenants, was first thought to be a government subsidized project. This would have helped tenants with modest incomes qualify for reduced rents. This was flatly denied by the developer who had requested the change. He said that there were no government subsidies tied to the project.

Several weeks ago, outspoken City Councilman Tem Miles took to social media to ask the residents of the fast-growing city just across the Congaree from the capital to make their opposition to the project known. The complex is proposed for an area on Charleston Highway where West Columbia and Cayce closely border each other. Miles and other city leaders said they thought the apartments wouldn’t be a good fit for the area. Others spoke up and said there were already a good choice of apartment complexes close by that had available units. Even more said they were worried about traffic in the area, an issue that has come up every time development of any large commercial project in the city has been brought up.

The proposal now goes to the full West Columbia City Council for a vote, but it doesn’t appear as if it has much of a chance of winning approval.

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