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New Wal-Mart in Tega Cay with a Small Village Atmosphere!

The Wal-Mart off S.C. 160 that is under construction in TEGA CAY is beginning to look like a town Main Street. A pending rezoning request would give most of the remaining Stonecrest development a village ambiance.

Tega Cay City officials met last week to see what look they want for 29 acres on the development's north side bordering S.C. 160, Stonecrest Boulevard and Hubert Graham Way.

There are plans to request rezoning for 17 commercial acres and 12 more currently zoned for high-density residential. It would complement Wal-Mart, individual shops with second-story windows, a township feeling.

The 17 acres along S.C. 160 is expected to be rezoned from one classification, which would allow a strip mall look with a large parking lot, to another classification that would require clusters of shops with parking around them, more pedestrian-friendly areas and wider sidewalks, perhaps with sidewalk cafe’s and landscaping with a small village atmosphere.

Originally were planned an additional 12 acres for 74 townhomes along Hubert Graham Way, but there are plans to request it to be rezoned so he can put village-like shops and restaurants on it. It will be a tremendous tax base for Tega Cay for years to come.

It's possible another mini-anchor retail store also will reside on the 29 acres, but it is agreed it should not look like a big box.

Eventually, Hubert Graham Way will be extended to Gold Hill Road. The city will be responsible for a small portion near Stonecrest, and "Pennies for Progress," tax dollars voters approved to improve York County's road system, will finance the rest.

Wal-Mart itself was controversial when first proposed because Tega Cay residents did not want a big box surrounded by asphalt in their bucolic city. City officials, aware Tega Cay needed services that could not be provided by homeowner taxes alone, fought long and hard for the village look their Wal-Mart will have. In the process, they gained a reputation throughout the Southeast region, said a Wal-Mart spokesman, and the Tega Cay design has become a model for future Wal-Marts elsewhere.

Published Monday, November 19, 2007 11:52 AM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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