GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Many in Murrells Inlet are concerned about traffic issues that would result from a proposed 60 unit apartment complex by a real estate developer.
The five acre, heavily wooded area is located between Murrells Inlet Road and U.S. 17 Bypass, south of Macklen Avenue.
"A primary concern that I have seen is the site would exit onto Murrells Inlet road and I share that concern. That would be extra traffic on the road that doesn't need the extra traffic. The site.. the applicant design shows the property access via Hwy 17 bypass and not Murrells Inlet road. So, I think that may allay some of the concerns about traffic in the area," said Councilman John Thomas.
Richard Cannon, board member of the Crystal Oaks Association, is just one of the many residents concerned about this newly proposed 60-unit apartment complex. "We are a single-family development housing here. We just don't want to see a huge housing development here go up that will commit to more traffic," said Cannon.
Residents say they feel this development just doesn't fit within the community. If this development is approved, it will be the first 3 story apartment complex in the Murrells Inlet area, east of the bypass.
"It's a concern for myself, my family, the community, and the residents of Murrells Inlet and neighbors around. for the reason that it's not compatible with the existing development with single-family homes around it," said Robert Powers, Crystal Oaks Community Resident.
The site will require a buffer area to keep from intruding on backyards. However, members of the community are still worried about how close this site is to their homes.
"Although many people seem to be unaware of this, it seems like people are uninformed on what is going to happen and that there's nothing that we can do to stop this project from happening," said Powers.
There is a Change Dot Org petition online named "Stop Unit 60". It cites concerns for privacy and noise. The petition has already had over 250 signatures just this past weekend.