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HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) -The city of Hardeeville is trying to get ahead of the game by preparing for the influx of population the area will see over the next 10 to 20 years.
Hardeeville will be prime real estate once the Jasper Ocean Terminal opens because of its proximity to the site as well as other area attractions like Bluffton and Hilton Head.
The city recently annexed some property along University Park behind USCB to fill a void officials have identified in the area - a void that could cost the city its workforce. The city unanimously approved to annex and rezone almost 62 acres of property. It's a step towards their goal to offer more diversified housing. The property will feature about 100 single family home sites with an average price in the mid-$100,000's. Right now, current housing developments like Margaritaville and Sun City are age restricted, and others have higher price points.
"We have a big need for what's called 'workforce housing,' for the young professionals - teachers, city staff, and firefighters - we don't have a lot of housing like that in the city and this is a great step towards that," said Planning Director Brana Snowden, City of Hardeeville.
Right now, the developer is in the engineering phase, where they'll survey the land to come up with their final design plan.