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SANTEE Santee Town Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend their official zoning map to allow general commercial development and construction a residential planned unit development along Old Number Six Highway.

A third of the property is in the town and the rest was outside the town. It is being done across three areas. The front portion of the property is located on Highway Number 6 towards Eutawville. According to Donnie Hilliard, Santee Mayor, all the property fronting Number 6 will be commercial and all the property behind it will be residential.

Mt. Pleasant-based Hussey Gay & Bell are the project developers. Hilliard said that Super Land Holdings LLC was the entity that sold the land.

According to South Carolina secretary state online records, Super Land Holdings LLC had been established on December 27, 2019. James W. Roquemore, Orangeburg is listed as the registered agent.

The front portion, which is commercial property, will be left as is until someone builds a store or something. Hilliard said that although I don’t know what it will be, that is what the front part will end-up being after the zoning is completed.

The town council will again meet on February 9th to discuss final second reading approval for the zoning changes.

The largest area of land is zoned for single family residential. This will be rezoned as residential planned unit development and general commercial. A portion of land currently zoned as general commercial will be rezoned for residential planned unit developments.

The rear portion of the property will be divided into what is called a planned unit development. Hilliard stated that the developer has agreed with the town to work with them to create an environment in which homes are more affordable than building exclusive homes.

Many people are upset that this is what is going on and say that it will be a gated community. He said, “It’s not going to be gated community.” “The developer has agreed to be subject to restrictions set by the town and council in order to make the homes more affordable.”

The mayor said that the project would be built in phases.

They are looking at 50 to 100 units in phase 1. He said that if they were to complete the remainder of the property, there might be 400 homes built on the remaining 69 acres.

They are projecting that. It isn’t there for me, but it is there for me. I am not an engineer. Hillard said that we (the town council) regulate the town just like any other county or municipality in terms building permits and what follows. The town has not invested in this property.

He said that the project is still welcome, as it will further develop interchange on and off I-95 and U.S. 301.

Spring 2017 saw the completion of the new Exit 97/U.S. 301 Extension interchange between S.C. Highway 6 and Interstate 95. The U.S. 301/S.C. Route is also known. Highway 6 Connector.

The $45million project formed the eastern anchor for South Carolinas Global Logistics Triangle. Orangeburg County uses the term Global Logistics Triangle to market the region bordered by I-26 and I-95.

It is welcomed by the town council. It fits within our comprehensive planning. The Town has been trying to create an environment that encourages growth for over 20 years. He said that we got the $40 million interchange and that we have never had any inventory to attract people.

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He added, “If you build a factory here, people won’t be able to stay there.” This is helping us get to that point. Even with the Dubai project there seems to be some activity out there after all these decades. Despite being outside the town limits, it is still within the Santee area.

Dubai World, the parent company of Jafza International said more than a decade ago that it was considering Orangeburg County as a location for a $600-700,000,000 logistics, manufacturing, and distribution center.

Despite purchasing land in the Santee vicinity, the company never realized the potential of the project. This was due to the global economic downturn that began in December 2007.

There is movement at the 1,322-acre South Carolina Gateway Industry Park, formerly JAFZAMaga Park.

Two pad structures have been constructed at the site in order to house future speculative properties that will attract companies to the area.

One pad is located on a 22-acre property and will house a 250,000 square-foot speculative structure. According to the project website, the second pad is on a 20 acre site and will host a 125,000-square feet speculative structure.

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