Clemson businesses petition against proposed student housing development

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CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A new student housing complex could eliminate several popular small businesses from the city of Clemson.

The Gilbane Development Company submitted a plan for The Shops at College Park earlier this year. This coming after they pulled out from their original proposal for a complex in 2017.

The development would tear down several buildings on College Avenue that contains nine businesses, seven which are local, to build a housing complex, where 350 Clemson University students could live.

The businesses rent the space.

Rent prices are growing in the city, making it difficult for single businesses to stay afloat.

“No matter what happens we were going to fight to stay here because it’s so important for the small businesses including us to have the chance to make a name for ourselves,” said Brandi Lindoe who owns Clemson Confectioneries.

The Architectural Review Board will meet Tuesday evening to vote on the plans for Gilbane Development.

“The City cares about all of our citizens – including the small business owners. However, the City does not insert itself into contractual arrangements between landlords and tenants,” said Todd Steadman who’s the city planning director.

Approval would set this project into motion, once the landlord of the property decides on a timeline.

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Clemson City Council Chambers.

A petition was started to save the businesses. It has more than 5,400 signatures.

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