Council to look at dorm proposal

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By Chris Sardelli

Lancaster County Council will consider helping the University of South Carolina at Lancaster with its plans to build dormitories on the campus.

As enrollment continues to increase on the campus, the Educational Foundation of USCL has developed a proposal to construct the first residential halls at the college.

Council will consider the foundation’s proposal at its meeting Monday.

Council is also scheduled to vote on a separate resolution that would allow the county to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Housing Administration Loan Program in connection with the proposed dorms.

County Administrator Steve Willis said the reason the foundation is asking for assistance from the county is because only a governmental body can request bond money for a project such as this.

Willis said bond money would be repaid from fees collected from students living in the dormitories.

Other business

Council will also hear a report on progress of the old and new county courthouse projects. Project consultant Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders, who is overseeing construction, will present the report.

There will also be several public hearings.

Residents will have a chance to speak on three ordinances, one that would impose a moratorium on issuance of permits for billboards, another approving the transfer of Roy Hardin Park in Indian Land and one that increases a special tax district charge for certain Indian Land residents.

Willis said residents of the BelAir neighborhood in Indian Land are invited to speak during the pubic comments portion of the meeting to voice concerns about the possible rezoning of an area of Jim Wilson Road. The rezoning would change the property from moderate density residential to general commercial.

A closed session is planned at the end of the meeting to discuss a legal matter, a contractual matter and a security matter.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416