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Residents speak out about a new school planned for their community

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Tonight Hanahan City Council heard from residents to get their thoughts on the new elementary school that will be built in the Tanner plantation area. 

It was a packed house Tuesday night as Hanahan's mayor and city council members discussed several possible locations for a new school. 

The school district wants to build on property known as the Bowen property at the end of Tanner Ford Boulevard in Tanner plantation, but city officials also like the idea of another property, the Williams Lane property.

About 20 acres is available there, with another 21 acres of park space next to that property.

Once the public had their chance to have a say, it was clear the audience had of a variety of opinions.

One lady who lives in Tanner Plantation said she supports starting work on the Bowen tract, "We're hearing that there's a site that's available to build now that we don't have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars putting dirt down."

Another said she wants the larger Williams Lane property due to the additional recreation area nearby.

School district officials say they have looked at numerous locations, and the Bowen property, while smaller in size, is ready to build on, and class could start at the beginning of school in 2015.

And they say there is no guarantee the acres of wetlands that need to be filled on the Williams Lane property would be approved.

Some in attendance say they just want to get something done. One man said, "I feel like I've walked into a power struggle between City Council and the Board of Education."

The Berkeley County School District is holding a similar meeting of their own Thursday night.

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