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Fort Mill officials expect population to nearly triple by 2030

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FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) -

The once sleepy town of Fort Mill is expecting its population to nearly triple by 2030.

Town officials are already preparing for the influx of residents.

"It means more people coming in my door which means more business for me," said Akahana Asian Bistro Bar Co-owner Richard Tang.

Tang moved his business from Charlotte to Fort Mill's Baxter Village eight months ago because of the bustling and growing neighborhood.

With Fort Mill Town officials expecting the population to swell to 30,000 by 2030, he says he can't help but to see green.

"I'm excited, I'm happy. This is the reason why we moved to Fort Mill from Charlotte. Fort Mill is a growing city and this is exactly what we expected to happen," he continued.

"I think that's great. I really enjoy living here. I think that's fine if we're growing," said resident Suzanne Abbott.

Officials came up with the figure by taking the number of active, approved and pending housing developments and averaging the number of people in those homes, which is around 3 people per home.

But with a growing town comes growing concerns for some current residents.

"I think infrastructure, roads and schools will be the primary issues," said resident Brandon Vancise.

Vancise has lived in Fort Mill for 6 years and while he excited for the town's future, he can't help but to think about what needs to be done in the meantime.

That's why Town officials are already meeting with department heads quarterly to discuss what their needs are going to be for the future.

That includes government, public safety and schools.

"Having those terrific schools that are nationally known and all the regional and national accolades we continue to get, it's important to us that we maintain that reputation," said Town of Fort Mill Media Coordinator Kimberly Starnes.

As for Vancise, he says he'll remain positive about the future although he knows what change may bring.

"With population growth comes crime and problems like that. Fort Mill has always had that small town atmosphere, but I think the advantages will out way the disadvantages," he said.

Town Officials say they aren't neglecting Downtown Fort Mill either. There are new shops and eateries coming to the area. A new apartment complex expected to open there in June.

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