Mixed feelings for Providence Estates expansion

MARVIN – Residents of Marvin are talking with developers of the Providence Estates subdivision about the possible expansion of 45 new lots to the area.

M/I Homes, which owns the development, wants to add 45 new lots on 66 acres in the community, which straddles the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. Lots would cross over the state line, though the lots are only accessible through roads coming from Marvin, meaning any expansion – regardless of in which state – would likely add to traffic for neighbors.

“There is a mixed feeling about the development,” explained Lisa Thompson, village administrator and senior planner for Marvin. “Concerns include the increase in traffic, density, current road conditions, providing emergency services and the ability to add more development on the South Carolina side. The upside is that the developer could help with utilities and road improvements to the Providence Estates subdivision.”

A meeting on the subject, held Oct. 8, was broken into two sessions. Roughly 25 residents went out to the site where new development would take place to learn about the plans and talk to officials with M/I Homes. The other meeting, which saw about 10 people attend, was at the Marvin town hall where residents got to voice any concerns they still had with the project.

Marvin required the developer host the meetings, as the town does for zoning issues such as this.

In addition to the concerns about traffic and road conditions, another issue is who has the rights to use the road in this part of the Providence Estates subdivision.

“There is an issue with the current Providence Estates subdivision Homeowners Association documents in regards to the rights of a road on that lot through their subdivision.  The developer is looking in to this,” Thompson said.

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