Plans are coming together in the heart of the Panhandle for a project developers refer to as a "Town Center" that will include homes, retail space and corporate offices.
Five developers are working together on the 411-acre property along Hwy. 521 that will stretch from Inspiration Networks to the north, past Collins Road. The development is planned to be pedestrian-friendly, developers said, enabling "Lancaster County residents to live, work and shop in Indian Land and avoid the need to drive the increasingly busy [Hwy.] 521 corridor to work and shop in South Charlotte," according to a news release from Coleman and Associates, one of the developers.
Residential communities in the property may include senior housing, luxury multifamily homes and traditional single-family homes. Developers on the project are UHF Development Group, Coleman and Associates, The Tuttle Companies, Argus Properties and York Development Group.
As part of the town center atmosphere, developer Eddie Coleman, president of Coleman and Associates and a partner in UHF Development Group, said he hopes to include a post office and a Lancaster County satellite office.
"We believe this, coupled with the schools and its proximity in the center of Indian Land, we truly do believe this to be known as the town center of Indian Land," Coleman said. "It's obvious there is strong growth in Indian Land and it's obvious those things [a satellite office and a post office] will occur and there needs to be a place for it."
The development will include a greenway along Six Mile Creek. The developers have also approached the Lancaster County Recreation Department about helping relocate or improve Roy Hardin Park on Collins Road. They are also offering to build a new recreation center.
Both ideas are welcome, said Recreation Director Frank Overcash, but he said no concrete plans have been approved. He continues working with the developers on a plan that will alleviate the stress on the Panhandle's current recreation facilities, while also ensuring that there is no disruption in recreation services.
"We want to make sure we do have recreation facilities replaced and that it's where it's not one of those where there is a lag time between providing service. That has been the biggest concern of the [recreation] commission," Overcash said.
Road improvements are planned along Hwy. 521 and at Collins Road. The improvements will likely include road widening in some places and the installation of turning lanes.
Coleman said he isn't sure when clearing and construction on the property will begin.