Council Calls on Developer to Pay for Traffic Light

November 14, 2017, 9:51 am EST | Share:

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WTAT-TV) — County Council say they are calling on Beazer Homes to pay for a new traffic light at a busy intersection in Dorchester County.

They made a move to prevent ownership of new properties in the Drakesborough community until the development company the light at nearby Highway 78 and Orangeburg Road.

“Unless they already have a building permit to actually go vertical with construction, they would not be issued a (new) building permit,” said David Chinnis, a member of Dorchester County Council. “The homes under construction that had not received a certificate of occupancy wouldn’t receive that certificate either and ultimately that would prevent a closing.”

Beazer Homes issued a statement to us saying they are investigating the county’s claim and are actively working with the county to develop a plan of action that is best for all involved.

People in the Drakesborough neighborhood say that intersection is unsafe as it is. They say they’ve seen several accidents already.