INDIAN LAND, SC (WBTV) - The Promenade at Carolina Reserve will have about a dozen anchor stores and more stores are on the way. Anchor stores include Burlington, Hobby Lobby, Ross and others.
County leaders are excited about this project. They believe it will improve the quality of life and will offer neighbors something they have never had in the area - a shopping center.
County leaders say The Promenade at Carolina Reserve is the first regional shopping center in Indian Land.
Lancaster is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of South Carolina. The reason for that growth is because of Indian Land. Most of the development is happening there.
"It would be nice if some of the growth would come on down toward the city of Lancaster. We need to push it on out," Lancaster County Chairman Steve Harper said.
Some neighbors are concerned the shopping center developer got rid of some trees in order to build the shopping center. Trace Banks says when he moved into his subdivision, its brochure advertised lots of green trees. He says that is no more.
"Four months later the builder says we are going to knock down all the trees and that's it - it's too bad," neighbor Trace Banks said.
This project was approved back in 2006. This means the developer was exempt for all the new codes that have since been established. Banks says the neighborhood will not be the same since some of those 100 year old trees are gone. He believes the absence of the trees may impact neighbors.
"When you resale- that's all they are going to say is - I don't want to look at the back of potential dumpsters," Banks said.
The developer has agreed to replace the older trees with smaller trees to offer a better buffer between neighbors and the shopping center.
Now that the buffer is being worked out, neighbors are now concerned with the traffic that will come when the shopping center opens. They say Hwy 521 is already getting congested and more cars could make matters worse. The developer did make some safety changes to the roads and made sidewalks for neighbors who live nearby.
Despite the fact some are concerned with the traffic, they believe the shopping center is good for economic impact. It will create about 500 jobs and will boost sales tax revenue that will could help with infrastructure. Drivers say with the good things this shopping center brings comes this question.
"Can the infrastructure keep up with the growth," Driver Shirley Lockamy said.
County Leaders say they will soon discuss impact fees for businesses and developers who want to set up shop in Lancaster County. Leaders say within the next 10 years up to 8,000 more homes could pop up throughout the county and something needs to be done so the county can handle the explosion of growth. Some stores in the shopping center are scheduled to open up at the end of August.
Banks says despite trees missing in his neighborhood, he thinks the shopping center is a great idea but wished it could have included more of a variety of stores.
County leaders say more stores and restaurants are coming. Those details have not been finalized yet.