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EARLIER: Hunters Pointe residents hire lawyer for outlet mall situation

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Group will meet with Trio/Paragon reps today to discuss development plans

By Todd Martin

The Triple S Planning Commission’s consideration this month of a proposed outlet mall for the south side of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville may be a little different public hearing than the first.

Steve Porter, a Louisville-based real estate attorney, has been hired by the Hunters Pointe subdivision homeowners association to represent its interests around the development.

The developers, Trio Property Management and Paragon Outlets Development, who are proposing a 400,000-square-foot outlet mall to be built along Buck Creek Road between the north side of the subdivision and the south side of I-64 east, are requesting a zone change on the 81-acre property.

About 16 acres of the site is properly zoned Interstate Commercial (X-1), and the request, which will be heard at Triple S’ meeting on Oct. 1, is to rezone the remaining acreage from Agricultural to X-1.

The meeting will include a public hearing for input on the commission’s decision.

Hunters Pointe directly abuts the proposed site on its southern perimeter.

Earlier Horizon Group Properties cleared a zone change request on a 50-acre site on the west side of Buck Creek Road – or basically across the road from Trio’s property. The Simpsonville City Commission gave final approval last month. Both proposed malls would be in the city limits.

Horizon is awaiting approval on a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to drain some or all of a lake on its property, but otherwise has the necessary local approvals to begin work on a 364,000-square-foot Outlet Shoppes of Louisville.

Porter said he and his clients have been working with the staff of Triple S and would meet with the attorney and land planner for the Trio/Paragon development today to discuss protection for his clients.

“Their [homeowners’] interest is to protect the peace and quiet of their existing neighborhood,” he said. “They would like to see as many trees saved as possible, and they want to be protected from lights.

“Basically, when they’re in their backyards, they don’t want to feel like they’re in the middle an outlet mall.”

However, until the two sides meet, Porter said, everything is speculation.

“There are certain major concerns that my clients have, and they want to see how the developers will work with them,” he said. “It could include reducing the size of the project, maybe, or certain protections with buffers and trees and good lighting, not something obtrusive.

“Until we have that discussion, we don’t know if we will be there [at the Triple S hearing on Oct. 16] to oppose the project in its current and proposed state, or if we’ll just stay away.”

Porter said his clients realize that development is coming, and that they are not talking to or trying to work with the Horizon development.

“Other than traffic, that development is far enough away from my clients that it doesn’t affect them as much,” he said.