GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCBD) – The City of Goose Creek is looking at dozens of city-owned properties that potentially could be sold.
This week, City Council voted to allow staff to begin discussions with a local real estate agent about which of those properties may be sellable. But there is some concern that the city may be selling off green space that would be developed in the future.
Goose Creek has 42 lots they are considering selling, all of which are in residential areas.
Some were purchased by the city, others donated to the city by developers.
Mayor Greg Habib wants to look at selling some of them. At this week’s council meeting he said they are costing the city money, and the city could sell them to developers to build more houses.
Council voted to hire Georgia and Lawrence Richard of Carolina One Real Estate to help with the possible sale.
Councilwoman Debra Green-Fletcher recused herself since she also works at Carolina One.
Councilman Cory McCrary was the only one on council to vote against the motion. He is worried about losing green space in the city.
“…to look more into how the residents would feel about their green space would be utilized for more housing where there is already flooding issues. I just think that before we sell all of our green spaces – as my grandmother told me once ‘God ain’t making no more earth,’ so once it’s gone, it’s gone,” said McCrary.
City employees will meet with the real estate team to go over an actual list of properties to be sold as soon as next month.