A Sarasota, Fla. based company has taken the first steps toward building an apartment complex aimed primarily at providing affordable housing to residents in McDuffie County.
Given the area's growth potential and proximity to Augusta, the site on Old Washington Road is just what Beneficial Communities is looking for, said Bob Colvard, a developer for the company.
"I've always liked that area," Mr. Colvard said. "It's very nice. I think it's well suited for the type of development we're proposing."
But county officials aren't quite sure about the project yet. Mr. Colvard spoke to County Commissioners at a meeting earlier this month. While consideration for a zoning change must still be brought before the Planning Board on May 2, commissioners will continue to look at the pros and cons of such a development.
"As far as the development of this type in McDuffie County, we're studying that right now," said County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton. "We're trying to get in contact with some other areas that have had developments of similar type for a significant period of time."
Chairman Newton said he will also need to consult with school system officials to find out how the development could affect the system's balance of property tax paying families.
He added that officials have been told the county is in need of affordable housing to support the work force, but limiting the number of mobile homes is also important. Apartment complexes such as the one proposed are currently an unexplored alternative.
Should the county approve the zoning, Mr. Colvard said the application for federal funding of the project by way of tax credits is due the first week in May. He said he should know if the project is a go sometime this fall.