By Liz Segrist
Published Aug. 23, 2013
The Carnes Crossroads development in Goose Creek is seeing an uptick in construction after sitting idle after the recession.
In recent months, six single-family homes were built, three more are under construction and work began on the conversion of an old barn into a community center. Additionally, a row of model homes was completed and an information center opened in the community along U.S. highways 17A and 176.
Northwood Assembly built a 65,000-square-foot church in the community last year and plans to locate its private school, Northwood Academy, in the neighborhood in a few years.
The movement comes after several years of stagnation. In 2006, The Daniel Island Co. acquired the 2,300-acre former timber tract with visions of developing a community with thousands of residents, strong commercial activity and a downtown destination for Goose Creek.
“However, when the real estate market took a turn for the worse, and builders stopped building new homes, plans for development were temporarily put on hold,” Julie Dombrowski, The Daniel Island Co.’s media relations manager, said in an email. “When market conditions began to improve last year, we resumed planning activities.”
The development will have similarities to Daniel Island, with plans to create a downtown destination for Goose Creek with businesses, offices, shops and restaurants. Parks and walking trails are possibilities as well.
Work began last month to convert the large green barn on the property into a community pavilion and center. Mount Pleasant-based Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects designed the plans. Renovations are likely to be completed in a few months. In 2014, a 25-meter pool and a kiddie pool are planned for the community center.
The master plan calls for a mixed-use development. The commercial side will include shops, restaurants, convenience stores, corporate offices and medical facilities, among other possibilities. No commercial tenants have been announced yet.
The residential component will include single-family homes, town houses and condominiums.
“We estimate that the community could be home to as many as 15,000 residents, but really the market will determine how many people and homes eventually are located within the community,” Dombrowski said in an email.