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Potential new subdivision coming to Black River Road

Also, new official Camden tour guide published

Posted: May 28, 2018 6:15 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.

A new residential subdivision may be coming to Black River Road, nearly opposite the entrance to Haier Boulevard.

During its May 22 meeting, Camden City Council -- minus absent Councilman Stephen Smoak -- voted unanimously to pass first reading of an ordinance annexing the nearly 35-acre property at 430 Black River Road under interim residential R6 zoning, the highest possible residential zoning allowed in the city.

The property is currently listed as owned by Phillip, Gloria and William Marsh, and Dawn Smith, and is contiguous at its northwest corner to property already in the city along Rapid Run.

Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam said the R6 zoning allows for multiple types of development. Putnam introduced Robert Horton, who he said is the actual person petitioning for the annexation.

“The property is being proposed for single family residential development,” he said. “The plan they have is for single family detached residential units. They are looking at around 100 (units).”

Putnam said most of the other nearby subdivisions are built out, with one about half completed.

Also during the May 22 meeting, Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson, with assistance from Economic Development/Tourism Director Suzi Sale, announced the publication of a new, official tour guide for the city.
Richardson said the book, which costs $30 to cover its production, is primarily aimed at tour operators.

“The official tour guide really came about when we first started talking about people coming to Camden to tour our history,” Richardson said. “I will just say that a few times that as people were giving tours in town, I heard some pretty incredible stories that I just didn’t think were right. Because nobody has permission to own our history, they’ve got to learn it before they can give a tour.”

Like the city’s official smartphone audio tour app and brochure, the approximately 120-page, spiral bound full-color guide is divided up into the city’s nine walkable touring districts: Colonial, Campbell Street Corridor, Downtown, Hampton Square, Monument Square, Rectory Square, Hobkirk’s Hill, Kendall Mill and Horse Country. Each district contains an introduction with photographs, at least one map, and photographs and information for each stop along the tour. Those pages also include suggestions of where to start bus tours -- the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Commerce Alley Parking Lot and Camden Archives and Museum.

It also provides the marker numbers for those sites previously included in the Kershaw County Historical Society’s tour guide.

Toward the back of the guide, there are “subject” guides regarding the city’s development; the original colonial townships, including Fredericksburg; Joseph Kershaw and plantations; the South Carolina Backcountry and frontier settlement; Quaker Cemetery; items connected to the Revolutionary War and the historical landscape of Camden; Big Pine Tree Creek and industrial development; Camden’s grand hotel era; some of Camden’s famous homes; and Agnes of Glasgow.

“The concept was to provide accurate historical information for tour operators primarily to use. We thought it would be nice to know who was giving tours in town and decided they need to register at the tourism office so that Suzi is aware of who is providing tours. We decided they needed to purchase the guide,” Richardson said, “and they also need to apply to Deborah (Courtney) for a city business license because they are earning money in the city of Camden.”

Richardson said taking these steps would allow the city to approve tour guides, “and then we can somewhat regulate what’s being said and how our history is being told.”

Richardson and Sale also provided council with DVD copies of an 18-minute short that Richardson called “Camden: The Movie.”

In other business May 22:

• Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford presented United Way of Kershaw County President Donny Supplee with a Certificate of Appreciation for his 25 years of service.

• Council unanimously proclaimed June as National Small Cities Month.

• Council unanimously passed second and final reading of an ordinance amending the terms of office for the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission.

• Council also unanimously appointed Mary Foster Cox to the commission with a term expiring Aug. 31, 2022.

• Council unanimously authorized the consumption of beer and wine during the upcoming Classic Car Cruise-In 2018.


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