Shelby residents question outlet mall

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By Steve Doyle

Landmark News Service

Simpsonville City officials didn’t attend a community-wide briefing conducted last week by Horizon Group to present plans about its proposed outlet mall, so now a couple of concerned residents are taking their questions to the city.

Jamie Jarboe and Barbara Shadley were scheduled to appear before the commission at its Monday night meeting in Simpsonville City Hall to ask commissioners some questions about the 355,000-square-foot mall being planned for the intersection of Veechdale Road and Buck Creek Road, on the south side of Interstate 64.

Horizon, one of two groups that is planning a mall for that area – Trio Property Development is working with another company for a parcel on the east side of Buck Creek Road – is taking its 10-building concept to Triple S Planning Commission later this month to seek zone changes on a couple of areas of the 50 acres for the project, but Simpsonville officials will have ultimate approval.

“That meeting last week was so confusing,” Jarboe said Monday. “I just had some questions, and I thought maybe they [commissioners] might be able to help answer some of those questions.”

Jarboe, who lives just south of the proposed site on Buck Creek Road, said she had spoken with Shadley, a resident of Braxton Estates, who could not be reached by The Sentinel-News, and that she had some questions as well.

“We just went away from there [the meeting last week] with not having some of the questions answered, and I didn’t know where else to ask them,” Jarboe said.

She said she wants to be sure the traffic study for the area has been done carefully and with full consideration of future impact. The agenda lists questions about history of the city’s discussions and economic plans for revenues as well.

Also at the meeting, commissioners will hear second reading of an ordinance to annex Proctor Lane, which would be absorbed in the development plans Horizon has shown. The road had been part of the county road system, but in June the city also annexed several small parcels along that road at the request of the landowners, who had been encouraged by Horizon to seek annexation.

The rest of the land in the plan already has been annexed.