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Cypress Pointe still looking at old Camden Middle School site

Posted: October 19, 2010 4:50 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Cypress Pointe LLC, under contract to purchase the old Camden Middle School (CMS) site, was to have completed its due diligence on the property by Sept. 30. The developer was given an additional 30 days by the Kershaw County School District, until Oct. 31, to complete the process, according to Robert Horton with Re/Max real estate company, who is representing Cypress Pointe. He said they are still working through contractual issues.

“If we decide to move forward, we would probably close the first of December and anticipate starting demolition right away,” said Horton.

Development of the old CMS property came under fire earlier this year when a group of four investors, led by surveyor Robert Lackey, proposed extending Jordan Street to Laurens Street. Neighboring Boogertown residents objected, saying the extension would increase traffic on their portion of Hampton Street, which is narrow.

The April proposal was approved twice by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC), but Lackey and his partners withdrew after determining they could not make a go of it financially. Cypress Pointe, too, has been criticized for submitting the same plan to the CPC. The CPC “unanimously” approved the plan yet a third time with Commissioner Ronnie Bradley neither casting a vote nor abstaining from the voting.

Horton said if Cypress Pointe decides to go ahead with finalizing the purchase from the school district, the developer still plans to divide the property into 19 lots, 16 of which would face the proposed Jordan Street extension, one facing Laurens Street and two facing Monument Square.

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