Mt. Pleasant council OKs second phase of Boulevard development

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- The first phase changed the face of old Mount Pleasant. Now a second phase of The Boulevard apartments is expected to move in.

The Mount Pleasant Town Council gave the green light Tuesday night to build 100 apartments and a parking garage at the corner of Pherigo and King streets.

The meeting and subsequent decision brought disappointment to those hoping the project would be stopped. Boulevard developers were pleased with the decision, but that doesn't mean they are any closer to breaking ground.

Attending town meetings has become part of the Hindmans weekly routine. They're hoping their voices along with countless others will keep development to a minimum in old Mount Pleasant.

"We remember growing up and even five years ago, the tallest thing we could see were the oak trees, couldn't see anything above oak trees. Now you can," said Janie Hindman.

Building another Boulevard apartment building with a parking garage along Coleman Boulevard does not sit well with the Hindmans.

"We are mostly concerned with the direction the council has been going with Coleman Boulevard," said Huggie Hindman.

But the biggest issue council members heard Tuesday night with that development was in parking. In the end, it was decided current and future tenants will park free of charge in the parking garages, alleviating congestion in the area.

"Everybody that I ever met didn't come to Mount Pleasant to come to a parking garage; They came for the beauty of the small town, the coastal town and the friendly people and we want to keep it that way. We will fight for it. It's a slow process but we got patience," said Janie Hindman.

Tuesday night's approval may mean better parking for Boulevard tenants, but the Hindmans still don't believe it's better for old Mount Pleasant.

Before shovel meets dirt, Boulevard developers still have to go through a lengthy process before it's even considered for a first reading.

Council members also discussed a proposal made by a special schools committee to deal with the growing population by adding a new high school, regional football stadium, and a 900-student elementary school in Carolina Park.

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