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Outlet mall gets final approval

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Horizon’s plan passes, but without requested taller light poles

By Todd Martin

Horizon Group Properties received the final approval for its proposed 364,000 square foot outlet mall.

The mall, which will be built in Simpsonville south of Interstate 64 at the current intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads, was again met with resistance from community members, but the plan submitted by Horizon was nearly identical to the preliminary plan that was approved in August.

Several area residents spoke of concerns with the lighting and sign package. The sign package, however, was already approved an unchanged from the preliminary approval. The sign package fits into the requirements for a Limited Interchange (X-1) zone.

The one waiver the developers requested, increasing the light pole height from 25 feet to 33 feet to allow for fewer poles, was removed by Horizon to avoid the commission possibly tabling the vote.

“If it’s a matter of being tabled, we’ll withdraw the request for the thirty-three foot light poles,” said Deborah Bilitski, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs who represents Horizon. “It’s more important for us to move forward today.”

With that, commissioner Dudley Bottom withdrew his motion to table, and issued a motion to approve.

The motion was seconded by commissioner Scott Merchant and approved 5-0. Commissioner Larry Stewart was not present for the meeting.