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Lowe’s Developer Brings Plans to Clemson Planning Commission

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June 10, 2008

By Anna Simon – The Greenville News

A Myrtle Beach developer asked Clemson’s city Planning Commission to for zoning change to allow a 156,133-square-foot Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on property zoned for 100,000-square-feet or less.

The developer, David Harner, vice president of development at Paramount Development, told the commission that the intent is “to bring a great development to the town to serve a hole in the market”

“We do have some creative ways to address legitimate concerns,” Harner told the commission and an audience of about 25 people who attended the meeting to hear plans for a formerly controversial site.

Several years ago residents blocked plans for a Wal-Mart at the site at the intersection of Issaqueena Trail at U.S. 123.

The projected Lowe’s footprint includes the store, office space and a garden center on an 18-acre site. The plan includes space for three smaller businesses facing on Issaqueena Trail.

Residents continued to voice some of the same concerns, such as traffic impact.

“There’s not a whole lot of difference between a Wal-Mart and a Lowe’s in terms of size,” said Peter Lawrence, who lives in the nearby Camelot subdivision.

Harner and a development team said they plan turn lanes and a traffic light, pedestrian and bicycle access, zero lighting beyond the property line and a desire to save as many trees as possible and keep wide landscaped buffer areas.

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BLOG NOTE:
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I served as an expert witness in a zoning hearing involving a Wal-Mart that Paramount Development was building in Clayton, North Carolina. I found Paramount Development to be very responsive to the concerns of the local citizens.
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MBD
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