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Site of ATV, motorcycle shop could become apartments
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1000 Mill St. in Camden, the current home of Man’s Motorsports, may be transformed into an apartment complex. The potential developers will present their plans to Camden City Council during its meeting today at 6 p.m. - photo by Martin L. Cahn/C-I

There’s a chance that the site of an all-terrain vehicle and motorcycle shop at 1000 Mill St. in downtown Camden will be transformed into an apartment complex similar to Cedarbrook Apartments on Campbell Street.

Josh Thompson, of Villages on Mill Street LP, will present the limited partnership’s plans during Camden City Council’s meeting tonight. According to materials included with tonight’s proposed agenda, the property totals 3.87 acres and is comprised of three parcels. They are currently owned by Kathryn Lee Price Stitt, according to Kershaw County Assessor’s Office information available online.

In a letter to Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, Thompson states that Villages on Mill Street has submitted an application to the S.C. State Housing and Development Authority for the new construction of an affordable housing development consisting of 50 units.

A conceptual site plan shows two apartment buildings; a clubhouse with a common laundry area, computer center and fitness center; playground; detention pond; and 95 parking spaces.

A project narrative indicates the 50 apartments would include 10 one bathroom/one bedroom units, 24 two bedroom/one and three-quarters bath units, and 16 three bedroom/two bathroom units. The two buildings would be two-story structures.

“Villages on Mill Street will make available at least 20 percent of the units to households with rent and income limits at 50 percent or less than AMI (average median income), and eight units will be market rate,” the narrative states. “The remaining units will serve tenants at 60 percent income limits.”

Villages on Mill Street said in the narrative that none of the units will receive “project based” rental assistance; that the project will be specifically designed for individuals and/or families with children; and at least 25 percent of the lowest-income units will contain three or more bedrooms.

Following Thompson’s presentation and a public forum, council will hold a public hearing tonight on the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget. No information concerning the budget was attached to the proposed agenda.

In other business during tonight’s meeting, council will:

• consider proclaiming May 5-11 as National Small Business Week;

• consider proclaiming May 5-11 as Municipal Clerks Week;

• consider a memorandum of understanding and agreement between the city and Kershaw County concerning maintenance at Kirkwood Park;

• consider a memorandum of understanding and agreement between the city and Kershaw County concerning maintenance at Scott Park;

• consider first reading of an ordinance approving a rezoning request by the Health Services District of Kershaw County for the properties making up the site of a new Karesh Long Term Care Center from a planned development district (PDD) to master planned development (MPD) district;

• consider first reading of an ordinance amending certain articles of the city’s zoning ordinance; and

• enter executive session to discuss contractual matters related to economic development.

Today’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., Camden, as is open to the public.

(The online version of this story has been corrected to reflect that Man's Motorsports is still open for business. A correction will appear in our Friday, April 26, 2019, edition.)