Development Gets OK for Water

Developers of a 64-unit retirement community, proposed for Main Street, got the green light for water last week from the Town of Winnsboro.

Developers of a 64-unit retirement community, proposed for Main Street, got the green light for water last week from the Town of Winnsboro.

BLYTHEWOOD – After being granted a willingness to serve letter from the Town of Winnsboro last January for up to 20,000 gallons of water per day for a proposed multi-family retirement community to be located on Creech Road in downtown Blythewood, Darren Rhodes of Fowler Realty and Land Services in Columbia asked Winnsboro’s Council last week to amend that arrangement.

While the amount of water will remain at 20,000 gallons per day, Council said the developer has moved the location of the project and now plans to build the 64 two-bedroom, two-bath units on approximately 4 acres on Main Street across from Blythewood Consignment. Each unit is expected to require 300 gallons of water per day.

Council agreed to the change. The agreement came with what is becoming a standard contingency, John Fantry, Winnsboro’s attorney for water and utilities, told The Voice last January.

“It would be contingent upon the developer entering into a development agreement, as we’ve done in the past, then we would commit the water, in this particular project, in 2016,” Fantry told Council. At that time no developer had made a bid on the property, Fantry said. The property is owned by R & S Wilson Properties LLC of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Blythewood Town Administrator Gary Parker told The Voice that he had had conversation with Rhodes about the proposed development but that, so far, no one has brought any plans for the project to the Town Hall.

“It’s my understanding that the developer may still be looking at other areas,” Parker said. “I don’t know whether the site has actually been finalized.”

While Rhodes could not be reached for comment before press time, he told the Winnsboro Town Council in January that construction is not planned to begin before January of 2016, but that it is expected to be completed in one phase.