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City gives first reading to rezoning

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Rezoning would allow for first residential halls at university

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Council got a chance to listen to a presentation about housing plans at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on May 12. And judging by its action, council members liked what they saw.

Council voted unanimously on first reading to rezone property at Hubbard Drive and Brook Drive for the first residence halls at USCL.

The land, about 16 acres, is now zoned B-2 (neighborhood commercial), but if the ordinance passes two readings, it will become MF (multi-family).

Architect Kris Axhoj, who drafted the designs, said the property will be the location for six housing units, with two of them being built in the first phase.

That initial phase will include 188 beds and is projected to cost about $5 million.

If things go according to plans, the two residence halls will be ready for student occupancy by August 2010, said Frankie Faile, president of the Education Foundation of USCL.

The Education Foundation owns the land.

Parking concern

Mayor Joe Shaw was eager to see the renderings of the planned residence halls, but expressed concerns about parking.

“Where’s the space for it?” he asked.

Faile told Shaw there will be enough space for student parking, although the parking spaces may not be directly in front of the residence halls.

Faile said the architect and USCL will work with the city to do whatever is needed to assure campus housing becomes a reality.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at at (803) 283-1152