It's taken two years, but the developers of Reid Pointe on Hwy. 160 in Indian Land say they are finally ready to begin construction on the community's first home.
Max Thomason, a representative of Reid Pointe developer Harry Grimmer and Associates, said the holdup was due to the construction of a water and sewer line. The original plans for the development used a pump system for off-site water and sewer. When officials with Lancaster County Water and Sewer required the developers to make a change in plans and scrap the pump system for a gravity line, they had to buy easements from three neighboring property owners to allow for it.
"That took quite a bit of time to negotiate," Thomason said.
The gravity line is complete, Thomason said, and the first housing plats were approved by the Lancaster County Planning Department last week. Construction by builder Regent Homes is expected to begin immediately, Thomason added.
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Delays could also have been caused by problems between Reid Pointe's development partners, Thomason said.
Harry Grimmer and Associates is suing one of its development partners for going over budget on some of the projects they partnered on. Thomason said that he could not say for certain that Reid Pointe was one of the projects in question, but did say that the lawsuit "probably" led to a continued delay in construction at Reid Pointe.
Harry Grimmer did not immediately return calls for comment.
The first homes at Reid Pointe will take approximately 90 days to build. When complete, the community will have 40 townhomes and more than 200 houses priced between $140,000 and approximately $300,000.
Nine acres at the entrance to Reid Pointe are zoned for business or office use, but Thomason said no plans for that area have been made yet.
Reid Pointe isn't the only community in Indian Land to face delays in construction. Edenmoor, at the intersection of Hwy. 521 and Hwy. 75, was originally approved in 2002 under the name St. Katherine. The community was sold to a new developer several years ago, but construction has continued to move slowly.
This week, Edenmoor contacted the county planning department and placed the third phase of the development "on hold." The first two phases, including the EMS station and the county park, will continue as planned.
Queensgate, a 44-acre Planned Development District at the corner of Hwy. 521 and Hwy. 160 East, has been in the planning stages for more than seven years. Construction on the development's first retailer, Lowe's Home Improvement, is expected to begin by mid-summer.
Delays in construction are nothing new, said County Planning Director Chris Karres.
"It's hard to keep up with it all," Karres said. "But it's just the way things go."