Development plans receive mixed reviews

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Plans to develop an empty lot into a commercial lot with gas pumps continue to anger some, while others say it could be the perfect thing for the Palmetto Pointe Boulevard community.

"We don't want gas pumps, we don't want the amount of traffic that it's going to create with these things," said Howard Muller, a resident of the area who opposes the project.

Several neighbors with opposition to the plans showed up for a meeting on Thursday night with Horry County Council Chairwoman Liz Gilland.

The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, was used as a chance for residents to voice their concerns about the project. However, not everyone that showed up was against the proposal.

"This will help people coming home from work who need to get milk," said Christina Howard, who believes the project would help her with daily errands. "This helps them out a lot."

Officials with Venture Engineering, one of the groups working on the project, said they have plans for turn lanes on both sides of the road where the structure would be built to help alleviate traffic concerns along the road.

Horry County Council is expected to hear a second reading of the zoning ordinance at it's meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Conway.

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