Fort Mill Times

Column: They’re making Indian Land a better place

Growth and evolution are like eating and breathing. If you’re alive and thriving, both are part of the equation.

If you have lived in Indian Land for the past 15 years or so, you know how fast the growth came. From two schools to four. From just a couple neighborhoods and no place to shop, to more subdivisions and strip malls than you can count.

Lancaster County wanted everything new in Indian Land during the growth spurt and it seems like they did not care what they approved in this area. We had some rules and regulations in place, but not nearly enough and the zoning issues were confusing.

Residents got together and formed groups to monitor what was going on. We were not afraid to speak on an issue at County Council meetings, or go to a zoning meeting to take on a challenge (and until recently, we only had one seat representing the Panhandle on the council). Since then, we got a new Planning Director, Penelope Karagounis, and the Zoning Department got the help it needed to do its job.

We have had great companies move in, such as Red Ventures for one. In 2009 they came to Indian Land with 300 employees. Today, Red Ventures dominates the business park. The company now has more than 2,200 employees on the Indian Land campus. On Nov. 4, Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to attend an event at which Red Ventures will announce it is doubling the size of its Indian Land campus to almost 600,000 square feet.

Red Ventures is a great neighbor because they care about our community. But that’s not all.

RedStone is being developed by MPV Properties of Charlotte and will include a 14-screen movie theater. They too want their area to be something to be proud of. This is what we have needed someone that cares about our Indian Land community.

Certainly we have been influenced by our past and the many forces that have impinged upon us in our formative years. Yet we do have the ability to alter our present and our future.

Pat Eudy: