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Goose Creek annexing old abandoned shopping center

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At a special called Goose Creek City Council meeting Thursday morning, council voted on first reading to bring the property into Goose Creek City limits. At a special called Goose Creek City Council meeting Thursday morning, council voted on first reading to bring the property into Goose Creek City limits.
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Plantation Square, the abandoned former Food Lion Shopping Center in Goose Creek, is a step closer to being in city limits. At a special called Goose Creek City Council meeting Thursday morning, council voted on first reading to bring the property into Goose Creek City limits.

News 2 first brought you the story of the shopping center that has been basically abandoned for about a decade. The University of South Carolina owned the property after it was donated years ago. They sold the property to the new owners in the past year. The property had become overgrown because, while it is surrounded by property in the City of Goose Creek, it is still not in city limits.

Councilman John McCants says if council votes to approve final annexation of the property, the city will inspect it and ensure that it is kept up to city standards. "We'll have our personnel keeping tab and monitoring this property and make sure it comes up to the standards we need in the City of Goose Creek.

The new owner of the property, Albert Heyward, presented his layout and plans for the former shopping center at the special council meeting. There are two phases to the renovations. The first phase will convert the old Food Lion building into a mini storage business. About 350 units will be created during phase one.

A second phase will include 3 new buildings to be built in front of the old Food Lion portion of the complex. That phase is expected to add another 250 storage units. The owner of the property says this is a high-end storage facility, and there will even be small office space available for small businesses.

The plan is to sell a little over an acre and a half on the right side of the parking lot for other commercial development.

Heyward said this project has been a long time coming for him, "something I've worked on for over seven years. I tried to figure out how many man hours I've put in. I've got close to 1500-2000 man hours" in the project.

Interior work on the property is already being done. The target date for opening the storage business is this Christmas.

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