Mt. Pleasant Residents Fuming Over Possible Location of the New Wando Stadium
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (MEGAN RIVERS, WTAT-TV) — Residents in Mount Pleasant are angry about plans to build a multi-million dollar stadium in their backyard. Charleston County School District is debating about bringing in the East of the Cooper Regional Stadium Project near the Carolina Park neighborhood.
For more than an hour people living in Mount Pleasant’s Carolina Park neighborhood told CCSD officials they do not want an athletic stadium to be built in their neighborhood.
Some are worried about safety issues while others complain about added traffic and pollution.
CCSD’s chief operating officer, Jeffrey Borowy explained the two options. “After three public meetings and some additional information, we are bringing forth a second option for consideration. That is to build the stadium on the Wando High School campus.”
He says no plans have been finalized and the public’s input matters.
“They identified challenges and benefits of each of the sites will be weighed and put forth to the board of trustees for the school district,” he said.
One Carolina Park man says he understands the traffic concerns all too well. “Two years ago my son called and told me that our grandson was hit by a student driver leaving a football game.” A careless driver almost changed his family forever. “He was treated for a traumatic brain injury. Fortunately he is with us today.”
Mary Callaghan recently bought a home in Carolina Park. She blames developers for not being honest about the potential plans for development. “We never knew about the big stadium, regional stadium. We never knew about Costco, all these things that are projected now,” she said. “We thought we were getting a town center, and we were told we would have upscale types of businesses. The builder discussed this and gave us drawings.That stadium, that was proposed, was behind Wando High School.”
School district officials said the concerns from the meeting will be taken to the board of trustees and will be discussed at the next school board meeting on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the board room at 75 Calhoun.
All meetings are open to the public. Citizens who wish to address the board must sign in before the meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. Speakers are given one minute to speak.