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06/10/05

Voting Underway in Hardeeville Annexation

Earlier this week, we told you about a proposal to double the size of Hardeeville, South Carolina. The plan includes annexing about 5,000 acres on the West Argent tract, behind the Coastal Carolina Medical Center off of US Highway 278.

They want to build nearly 10,000 new homes. City council approved the initial phase of that proposal last night, and now they have two new development proposals on the table that together would annex another 14,000 acres into the city.

These are just preliminary proposals, but they call for about 28,000 new homes.

"Hardeeville right now is in the position Oglethorpe must have been in when he developed Savannah in 1733," said city spokesman Rob Dewig. "This is big time, we are literally developing a town like Savannah today over here in Hardeeville right now."

City officials say current Hardeeville residents don't have to worry about footing the bill to pay for roads and public services for the growth. Impact fees on the new homes will offset the cost.

The second and final vote on the West Argent tract will be next Thursday.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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