New Lake Wylie SC retail, restaurant, apartment plan at 274

A major new retail and residential project in Lake Wylie is ready to start. But first, there is a question of the tree.

Owners of more than 23 acres at 5753 Charlotte Highway secured approval for apartments this summer. Plans are now submitted for four commercial parcels. The owners, LKW Investors, inspected and found 10 large trees on the property.

Large, old trees require special exceptions for removal when development occurs. County staff allowed three of the 10 trees to fall — rot, dead branches and other factors can impact a tree’s survival — but LKW Investors requested a waiver to take down seven more.

The county has received more than half a dozen letters from residents unwilling to cut down willows, poles, white oaks and pecans. The county planning commission was scheduled to hear the waiver case Monday evening.

President Jamie Henrickson told a crowd gathered earlier this month, just before the scheduled start of the hearing, that the plaintiff had withdrawn his application.

“It will probably come back in January,” Henrickson said.

The decision is one that has sparked the interest of neighbors in the area.

“We got a lot of emails,” Henrickson said. “I really appreciate the involvement of the community. It’s awesome. It helps us a lot.

The wooded property is on the west side of SC 274, north of SC 55. It is adjacent to the Paddlers Cove and Tullamore subdivisions.

It is across from the residential subdivisions of nearby Field Day Park. Work on the project began in 2019.

Plans submitted for the project, called Clover Village, show that the trees are mainly where parking and part of the central retail space are planned. The commercial area faces SC 274, with approved apartment buildings behind. Specific tenants are listed, but plans show a possible corner restaurant site in addition to retail stores.

This story was originally published November 13, 2022 06:00.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and several President McClatchy Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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