Despite Opposition, Lexington-Richland 5 Approves Land Purchase

Chapin residents met to discuss a new elementary school in Lexington Richland Five. Council members voted to buy the land.

Chapin, SC (WLTX) - Despite heavy opposition, the Chapin area is one step closer to seeing another elementary school.

After three hours of public opinion and deliberations, the school board voted 6 to 1 approving the purchase of about 24 acres of land along Amicks Ferry Road and Lake Tide Drive. Over 200 people came out to the meeting Monday night. Roughly 30 residents spoke. Almost all of those residents spoke in opposition of the plan. Residents said Amicks Ferry is too dangerous for an elementary school and that it would create too much traffic.

"It's going to be overblown. It's going to be torn up. We're going to lose all of our wildlife and all of the happiness that goes with it," James Johnston said.

Meanwhile, the district said they are planning for a potential increase of students in the area.

"I sympathize with the folks on Amicks Ferry (Road), but I'm really supportive of what the board and the district have down," Bill Taylor said.

According to the district, the plans for the school itself will be decided at a later date. This will be the districts 13th elementary school. The land cost roughly $933,000.
 

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