CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Some people who live in the Wild Wing Community in Conway are worried a change in zoning could bring concrete crushing next to their neighborhoods.
At a city council workshop on Monday, the council got more information on the request to annex 15 acres of property on Yeager Avenue and to rezone from Horry County Limited Industrial to City of Conway Heavy Industrial.
Castles Engineering requested the annexation on behalf of Vulcan Lands, Inc. which is a producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel.
“We always have concerns when they want to switch from something that’s light or limited industrial and they want to change it to heavy industrial,” said Barbara Eisenhardt who lives in the Wild Wing Community. Several neighborhoods in the area bump right up to the plot of land where the site would go. “That just has all kinds of pictures and ideas in our head of things we didn’t expect to have when we moved to the area.”
Yeager Avenue is off Highway 501 and the road has several other construction material businesses. Eisenhardt said those aren’t zoned to crush concrete, which is one of her biggest concerns about the new business coming in.
The Conway Planning Commission voted down a motion to approve the idea in April, but in Monday’s city council workshop most council members didn’t seem to have a problem with the plan. They said other industrial plants along the road do similar things and the residents have known about the activity.
Officials with Vulcan say they plan to keep concrete crushing to a minimum and hope to partner with RJ Corman Railroad Group to bring materials to the site via train to keep large trucks off Highway 501.
“All people in the area, whether they be students, residents, church-goers, all of those people are important in the community,” said Eisenhardt. “To keep them all healthy and safe. So we want to make sure all those concerns are addressed, so I think the experts that will hopefully come to testify would be the ones to address those issues.”
A public hearing for the issue will be held on Monday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.