Posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 9:57 pm.

The Morrow Companies, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has requested a zoning compliance letter from the Town of Chapin regarding a proposed 48-unit development on a 4.65-acre site fronting on Virginia Street.adjacent to Aquarius Spa and between Bi-Lo and Food Lion centers.

The requested letter would confirm that the site currently meets the local zoning and land use restrictions and has been zoned by the Town as located within an MF (multi-family residential) zoning district.

The company’s Acquisitions Manager Jonathan Wolbach said This would be a 44-48 unit community on 4.65 acres.  Per the zoning, we can fit 11 units per acre.  May do one building. May do two.”

In a letter to Mayor David W. Knight, Wolbach asked for a letter of support for affordable housing initiatives in Chapin, as indicated in the Town’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan. We are proposing a workforce housing community for existing citizens working at local businesses, government, and organizations to help them find affordable housing alternatives. This 44-48 unit community, located on Virginia Street, will be a safe, well-managed, and aesthetically pleasing addition to the town.”

The current Town Zoning Ordinance apparently would not prohibit such development.

But a similar project proposed in 2016, referred to as “Peaks At Chapin” met with heavy public opposition. That proposed plan to build a low income apartment complex in the Town of Chapin was halted, after the development failed to receive the grant they needed to keep the housing affordable.

Plans then had been to construct two 24-unit buildings, each with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, according to a developer with the Atlanta-based Resource Housing Group.

The Peaks at Chapin was one of 42 applications for tax credits submitted to the South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) in the 2016 funding cycle. About 20 project proposals are chosen each year, according to data from the state agency.

Any changes that may be desired by area leaders would probably need to be made prior to the land going under contract. That would be an issue for attorneys to decide. Chapin currently is in the process of contracting a town attorney.  Chapin had no town attorney during the previous administration.   Chapin also is currently without a Zoning Administrator, and has contracted with Central Midlands Council of Governments for Planning Assistance for a six-month period until the position of planning and zoning administrator can be filled.

The Morrow Companies specialize in multi-family, commercial and investment properties throughout the Southeast.  Read more about them on their web page: