Barney McLaughlin, has proposed a 16-unit townhome development that would be located at 4513 Lee Street and is currently owned by William “Bill” Graves.
McLaughlin plans to build 17 units, which will be for sale. He says maintenance and landscaping will be part of a maintenance fee that homeowners would pay to keep their homes looking new and fresh into the future.
It is always a concern that these types of units can be sold in the future and that the next owner may not pay attention to the unit as the original buyer did.
McLaughlin said that it is not a problem for his for sale units. He said he said he sold units in Chester Village and they still look good. He sold office condos near Jefferson Davis Highway on Osborne Road, and during a public meeting May 11, he added that he has done a number of infill housing projects in various areas around Chester and a rental unit in Chester Village Green.
Traffic, the largest issue of concern, had to do with adding more traffic to West Hundred Road. McLaughlin referred the question to Ryan Ramsey, Zoning and Special Projects Administrator.
Ramsey indicated that after a county traffic study that about nine trips at peak times is what could be expected on Lee Street leaving each day. One couple on Quay Street was concerned that more traffic may decide to go north on Lee and travel the pot-holed dirt road that skirts the front of their houses.
The Graves family is one of the oldest families in the Chester area, and Bill has seen the growth of the area for 75 years.