|The Lowcountry Open Land Trust plans to work with local residents and municipalities on plans for the land near the Angel Oak on Johns Island. (Photo/Liz Segrist)|
Published March 17, 2014
The land surrounding the historic Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island is preserved from development.
The Lowcountry Open Land Trust closed on the remaining 18.7 acres near the tree on Friday and placed a conservation easement on the land to forever protect it from development, said Adrian Cain, the trust’s development director.
Raleigh-based Dominion Realty Partners planned to build a 250-unit apartment community with commercial space on the property unless the trust could come up with the money to buy the property by March 14.
The trust has been fundraising to buy the land. Local municipalities, companies and private donors donated roughly $3.3 million needed to buy the land.
The trust also bought 17 acres near the tree in December for $3.6 million, which was also raised through community donations. The city of Charleston owns nine more acres that make up the Angel Oak Preserve surrounding the tree.
Cain said the trust will work with Charleston County, the city of Charleston, residents and donors over the next two years to brainstorm plans for the property, which will be some sort of nature preserve integrated into the existing park.
“We now own the property, so we’re going to take a breath first and listen to the folks who helped us acquire it. ...We need future donations and community input to craft what the future will look like for this site,” Cain said.
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