West Cola planning commission recommends against zoning for proposed apartments

West Cola planning commission recommends against zoning for proposed apartments

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The West Columbia Planning Commission recommend against a requested zoning change that could have been a step toward building more apartments in the city.

In a Facebook post a few weeks ago, Miles said a developer wants to build affordable housing for seniors in an area along Charleston Highway where West Columbia meets Cayce, but some City leaders believe the housing complex would not be a good fit.

Neighbors say there are other apartment complexes within reasonable distance to that area.

The developer clarified that what he wants to build is not government housing, unlike what was previously stated by Councilman Tem Miles. The developer also says there is no subsidy tied to the proposed property.

The proposal now goes to the West Columbia City Council.

The developer's response said:

As the developer who has proposed to build affordable housing for elderly residents of this community, I was personally made aware of this Facebook post on Friday afternoon. My initial inclination was to wait until tomorrow night to address the concerns and misstatements posted on this thread, but I've now decided it would be best to provide some detail about what I do for a living, the communities I build, and perhaps most importantly correct some of the inaccuracies stated since last Monday.

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