FOREST ACRES, S.C. — City of Forest Acres Council members will be taking a look at a scaled down proposal for mixed use development at the corner of Forest Drive and Brentwood Drive during a special meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.

Cason Development is putting forth a scaled down version of plans to develop the corner as a mixed use site with commercial buildings and townhomes. 

The developer had proposed in 2018 that the properties at 1450-1515 Brentwood be rezoned as a second parcel added to the already existing Planned Development District (PDD) that includes the site of MUV Fitness, South State Bank and Southern First Bank. This second PDD parcel would have included three commercial buildings -- two 5,000 square foot buildings and one 4,000 square foot building -- and 13 townhomes ranging between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet. 

2018 Forest Acres mixed use plan
2018 proposed mixed use plan for Brentwood Drive in Forest Acres
Cason Development

The 2018 zoning request was denied by council, citing Forest Acres Mayor Frank Brunson's concern by the intensity of the commercial aspect of the initial plans and nearby residents' concerns about increased traffic and construction.

The new, scaled down version heading to council Wednesday evening proposes two commercial buildings -- totaling 10,000-16,000 square foot of commercial space -- and a maximum of 11 townhomes of approximately 1,500 – 2,500 square feet per unit. The new design also features a larger stormwater collection system to catch runoff and help prevent flooding in adjacent properties along Greenhill Road.

Forest Drive proposed mixed use development 2020
Aerial map of proposed 2020 mixed use development along Forest Drive and Brentwood
Cason Development

Forest Acres residents interested in attending the virtual Council meeting at 6 p.m. can do so by following the link to the Zoom meeting on the Forest Acres City website: forestacres.net

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