HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) - 300 acres of empty land on Frontage Road off Interstate 95 Exit 5 will soon be turned into Gateway Crossing. The 413,000 square foot development will be a mixed use community, allowing people to live, work, and play all within the same area.
"We will have a Village Town Center that will boast restaurants, offices, retail shops, grocery stores, and drug stores. You will be able to do everything you need to do inside the community of Gateway," said Charles Washington, Gateway Crossing's Director of Operations.
One of the major benefits of the project is Gateway Crossing will provide affordable housing to Beaufort and Jasper counties, building more than 400 rental units and just under 300 for sale units.
Jasper County Council Chairman LeRoy Blackshear said, "They intend to build low-income housing and as the economy stands right now, that's a great problem for many. This will be beneficial for a lot of people."
"We have a lot of homes that are $250,000 to $300,000, but the average person makes $13 and can't afford that, so this is going to make it easy for them to live," said Hardeeville Mayor Bronco Bostick.
Gateway Crossing will also have a Continuing Care Retirement Community, as well as a health and wellness center. The project, which is expected to take seven to eight years for completion, will be broken into three phases, each consisting of a commercial component as well as a residential component. Groundbreaking for phase one should happen sometime in June or July of 2012.