Development Deal Despite Concerns
Developers have permission to build 600-to-900 housing units, but as they plan to start on a 25 unit complex, there are still concerns.
Rock Quarry residents agreed this afternoon to allow developers to build 25 units on property West of Rock Quarry Road and North of Rolling Rock Road. The proposed development will cover almost 11 acres.
Despite the deal, residents are still concerned about new residents in the neighborhood.
"[I'm concerned about] the use of the road by 18-wheelers and the underpinning of the nature of this neighborhood. I'm just not happy with what the developers are trying to do to it," said Mariel Stephenson, Rock Quarry resident.
The developers, however, are not concerned.
"We did everything you're supposed to do. This should be the easiest piece of property in the city of Columbia to do something on, because the neighbors and the council have already come together, five years ago and said 'this should be the parameters.' And that's what we did," said Mark Farnen, Developer LLC.
If approved by the City Council, the new development will be built across the street from the Grindstone Nature Area. That area was approved for low density residential housing five years ago. The City Council ends nearly six months of debate, and will finally vote on the future of the development June 2nd.
Currently there are no plans yet for the rest of the acreage.