Shopping Center Planned for Bluffton


A Georgia developer is planning a new shopping center in Bluffton that would contain several “big box” retail stores, according to a Beaufort County official.

“Bluffton Gateway” would be built on 66 acres of mostly undeveloped land near the intersection of U.S. 278 and Bluffton Road, county planning director Tony Criscitello said.

But before it can be built, the land must be cleared of contaminants from a former printing business.

The developer, Jaz 278 LLC of Roswell, Ga., appears close to signing a voluntary “non-responsible party” cleanup contract with the state to remove chemical solvents left from the defunct business at 34 Bluffton Road, according to the draft contract.

State inspectors found “various hazardous waste storage violations” at the former print shop in the late 1980s. Groundwater samples collected in 2007 detected the presence of chlorinated solvents that were “in excess of federal and state drinking water standards,” the contract says.


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