State bought expensive houses for I-526 extension years ago

February 24, 2019 - 10:57 am

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina bought $30 million worth of coastal homes and properties in recent years for a highway that has yet to be built.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports at least two homes worth more than $1 million on Johns Island have been sitting vacant for at least four years as haggling continues over an extension of Interstate 526 near Charleston.

South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall says the DOT isn't renting out the homes because they don't want to be a landlord.

The land and homes were bought between 2009 and 2016 after owners complained the proposed I-526 extension kept them from selling the houses or developing the land.

An agreement to pay for the I-526 extension west of Charleston was reached in January.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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