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Follow the story: Pawleys Island & Walmart

A rendering of the proposed store.

Oct. 25, 2012

Approval of meeting minutes leaves no doubts

There’s not usually a public body agenda item more mundane than approval of the minutes of the past meeting. And though the unanimous approval of the September minutes of the Georgetown County Planning Commission last week appeared routine, it put to rest one of the talking points being developed by Sunbelt Ventures to sway Georgetown County Council’s decision about a big-box store coming to the site of Pawleys Island Plaza. Read more...

Oct. 4, 2012

Developer meets with opponents to start review

The owners of Pawleys Island Plaza met today with opponents of plans for a big-box retail store as part of a proposed redevelopment of the site. It’s the start of a month-long process of reexamination by Sunbelt Ventures before Georgetown County Council takes up the issue. Read more...

Sept. 27, 2012

Developer weighs options after big-box voted down

Nearly a week after a vote by the Georgetown County Planning Commission on a proposal to include a big-box retail store in a redevelopment plan for Pawley Island Plaza, the developers were trying to figure out exactly what was decided. Read more...

Hearing audience thins over 5 hours

In the end, opposition to a big-box store in a planned redevelopment of Pawleys Island Plaza proved to be a war of attrition. Read more...

Sept. 20, 2012

Meeting with developer draws small audience

Like the Pawleys Island Plaza across the highway there was a lot of vacant space at the Pawleys Island Community Church for a meeting this week sponsored by the group that wants to redevelop the shopping center to include the area’s first big-box store. Read more

Ex-council members say limit on big-box store has no loophole

After Georgetown County Council voted down a request for a 168,000-square-foot Lowe’s Home Improvement store in 2005, it went back to the zoning ordinance to close what members said was a loophole. Read more

Memories of 2005 Lowe’s hearing remain fresh

The last time a public hearing was held for a big-box retail project at Pawleys Island, about 900 people filled the auditorium of the former Howard High School in Georgetown to see what the Georgetown County Planning Commission would decide. Read more

Sept. 13, 2012

County staff will recommend approval – with conditions

“Flat out denial? We’re not doing that,” said Boyd Johnson, the county planning director.

He will deliver staff recommendations to the Georgetown County Planning Commission this week on a proposal to expand the Pawleys Island Plaza for a new development that will include a 119,500-square-foot retail store. Read more...


Sept. 6, 2012

Swing vote expected from contested council district

When Georgetown County Council denied a rezoning request for a Lowe’s Home Improvement store at Pawleys Island in 2005, the swing vote in the 4-3 decision came from the council member from District 5. With council now facing a request to allow construction of a 119,500-square-foot store for what members say will be a Walmart, eyes are again focused on the district that runs along the county’s northwestern border. Read more...


Aug. 30, 2012

Development will generate 8,700 daily car trips, study says

The redevelopment of Pawleys Island Plaza will generate over 8,700 daily vehicle trips, most of them on Highway 17, according to a traffic study provided to the county this week as part of a rezoning request. Read more...


Aug. 23, 2012

Planners still waiting for big-box drawings

Two key pieces of the application for a zoning change at Pawleys Island Plaza that would allow a Walmart are still missing, and if they aren’t filed within the week a hearing on the proposal will have to be delayed, according to the county planning director. Read more...


Aug. 16, 2012

Town of Pawleys Island takes lead in opposing project

“My wife cried when she read it,” Mike Adams said of plans for a Walmart store on Highway 17. It didn’t take much discussion for Adams and his fellow members of Pawleys Island Town Council to adopt a resolution opposing the 119,600-square-foot store. Read more...

Property deal ends suit over plaza

Mickey Stikas could have appealed, but at 67 he said he was tired of the fight. “I’ve been fighting this since ’07,” he said. “They have everything I had tied up.” Read more...
Aug. 9, 2012

Plan for Pawleys store avoids county size limit

A new Walmart store is being proposed as the replacement for an aging shopping center in Pawleys Island, according to Georgetown County officials. Read more...

Project revives memories ‘Don’t Box the Neck’ campaign

This time is different. That’s one thing that the developer of a proposed big-box retail store at Pawleys Island and opponents of a 2005 big-box project agree on. Read more...

Review will focus on traffic and design

The Georgetown County planning staff is awaiting two more pieces of information to start its review of plans to redevelop Pawleys Island Plaza: a traffic study and a rendering of the 119,500-square-foot building that will be its central feature. Read more...


Aug. 2, 2012

Redevelopment company buys troubled Pawleys Island Plaza

The largest shopping center in the Pawleys Island business district is under new ownership. A redevelopment is proposed, but details have not been announced. Read more...


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