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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in James Island, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in James Island help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in James Island:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in James Island, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in James Island, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in James Island are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment James Island. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
James Island, SC

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in James Island:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in James Island, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in James Island Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in James Island, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in James Island, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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Duffy settles in with a love for all things local

James Island resident Medea Duffy settled on the couch with a mug of cappuccino, fresh from her kitchen.“This is like my favorite thing in the world,” she said about her espresso machine. The light from the wide windows that overlook a slice of the Charleston Harbor saturates the living room. Her dog Uma lightly snores while she sleeps next to an air conditioning vent on the floor.Duffy, originally from Pennsylvania, met husband Brian in Washington, D.C., while she was working in advertising. He’s from Charles...

James Island resident Medea Duffy settled on the couch with a mug of cappuccino, fresh from her kitchen.

“This is like my favorite thing in the world,” she said about her espresso machine. The light from the wide windows that overlook a slice of the Charleston Harbor saturates the living room. Her dog Uma lightly snores while she sleeps next to an air conditioning vent on the floor.

Duffy, originally from Pennsylvania, met husband Brian in Washington, D.C., while she was working in advertising. He’s from Charleston originally and had plans to return to his hometown. In 2004, the couple relocated to Charleston where Brian, son of retired U.S. District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy, went on to establish the Duffy & Young law firm.

Although the couple started raising their three children in another house, the Duffys bought their current James Island home where they now live eight years ago.

“It was straight up 1970,” she said of seeing the house for the first time. “Everything was exactly as it was since 1970. But we love the water, and so we came back in our boat to see if we could have water access.” Once they determined they could get the boat in and out, it was a done deal.

The Duffys did some pretty extensive renovations to improve the bathrooms and open up the kitchen and living room area. The old galley kitchen had a wall that split the room in half and blocked the beautiful view, so they knocked it down to create an open floor plan. The view of the harbor stretches out behind the backyard scattered with ancient oak trees.

“We are outside people,” Medea Duffy said, “and so before we did anything with the house, we put a pool in.” The installation was done thoughtfully to ensure no harm was done to the trees, which shade the pool and backyard to bring reprieve from the stifling heat.

The Duffys’ furniture and decor is a sea of beige and brown hues and textured wood, with pops of color and eclectic vintage treasures. Duffy said she has a thing for swan knickknacks, which decorate the wall shelving around the living room fireplace and are nestled throughout the house.

“I just put in whatever I like,” she said. “I love vintage, like love vintage, so a lot of the random chotchkies and artwork are vintage, and a lot of local stuff too — I don’t care if it matches.”

“My husband makes so much fun of me,” she said pointing to the wall shelving. “There’s a salt and pepper shaker that’s a dog and cat up there.”

When Duffy first came to Charleston in 2004, she raised children and worked in the nonprofit sector for several years, including Summerville projects such as Scrumptious Kitchen Tour that raised money for the Dorchester Children’s Center and Freedom Reigns social justice project.

Then Duffy started a subscription flower service in which she sourced flowers locally for subscribers who received the weekly arrangements, depending on what was fresh. As the business grew, running deliveries and balancing schedules with the kids became too much; she ended the business.

In 2018, Duffy met a friend who lives close to her neighborhood, Shelly Belill, and they entertained the idea of a business venture that would eventually become their Camp Road gift shop Local Love CHS.

“She talked to me about doing something together and then it just kind of happened,” Duffy said. “We didn’t even know what we wanted to do when we met, but we both really liked [sourcing] locally and we both loved going to markets and meeting local makers. And it just kind of morphed into Local Love.”

Duffy and Belill wanted people to be able to buy good local stuff in one place regularly, not just at pop-up events or flea markets. To test their concept, they started with a stall in Patina Market in West Ashley.

Although the duo had great reception, they knew they would move spaces eventually. But right when they found a space to lease, news of Covid-19 stalled the decision to open a brick-and-mortar location. Instead, they opened up an online store, kept their inventory in a storage space and offered free local delivery. They also incentivized local businesses to provide subscribers with products, such as locally made candles and baked goods.

Once the duo’s online operation made it through the Covid-related shutdown, they opened a space in Riverland Terrace before moving to the current location off Camp Road on James Island. Local Love CHS has been open at that location since March 2022.

The shop is an environmentally sustainable gift shop, equally as focused on promoting local artisans and curating handmade products as it is on minimizing waste. The shop is stocked with everything from home goods, accessories and apparel to cards, pottery, artwork, candles and wellness products, and it offers the option to create your own gift box with an array of products. To take a look at the shop online, go to locallovechs.com.

“I feel like it is matching our vision so far,” Duffy said. “There’s more we want to do.”

The goal is to host more workshops with different local makers similar to the moon phase watercolor painting class last month, including macrame crafts, indigo dyeing and pottery painting. They also want to offer more options for locals to become more sustainable, like setting up a refill station for hand soap and cleaning supplies.

“We want to be more of a community spot,” she said.

Age: 44.

Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University

Current profession: Co-owner, Local Love CHS.

Past professions of interest: I was The Charleston Flower Lady.

Family: Husband, Brian; three tween/teen kids and a dog, Uma.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you: I’m a regular at Goodwill on James Island. My favorite Goodwill employee, George, can attest to it!

Favorite things to do outside of work: Thrifting and going to local markets, yoga, gardening, boating/beach with the family and walking Uma.

Favorite novel: Catcher in the Rye.

Favorite food to eat: Sushi, hands down!

Favorite food to cook: I’d prefer to have someone else cook for me. Otherwise, my favorite thing to not cook is a salad or charcuterie board.

Favorite cocktail or beverage: The Red Scare at Zero George. So good!

Five foods you always need in your refrigerator: Oat milk, avocado, spinach, cheese and peanut butter.

Three people (alive or dead) you’d like to dine with: Jackie Kennedy, Maya Angelou, Janis Joplin.

What meal would you want served to you for your last supper: Sushi from 167 Raw Sushi.

Something that you have too much of at home: Dog hair and plants, but I wouldn’t want to change either.

Guilty pleasure: HGTV.

Favorite musicians: Sublime, Lorde, Fugees, Bob Marley and so many more!

Describe your best day in 50 words or less: A cool and calm early morning boat ride with the fam after a mosquito-free yoga session on our backyard deck. Grabbing a smoothie for lunch and heading to Pickers Hullabaloo for a little browsing. Ending the day with a take-out sushi dinner, a glass of red and a movie.

Childhood hero: She probably shouldn’t be described as a hero, but man, I loved Madonna.

Pet peeve: When people don’t recycle.

Philosophy: Love your mother (Mother Earth, your mom, everyone’s mom, everyone) and spread it!

Anything about the pandemic affected you in particular: It made me (finally) realize the beauty in slowing down and enjoying the moment. It was really refreshing to have time to do that and to be with family in that way during the heat of Covid.

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Biden’s $20 million South Carolina retreat plagued by mold, termites: report

The sprawling, $20 million mansion on Kiawah Island in South Carolina — where President Biden and his family are staying free of charge — has been plagued for years by a laundry list of problems, including mold, mildew, termites and cracks, according to a new report.The Post reported last week that the Bidens, including disgraced first son Hunter, are spending their summer vaca...

The sprawling, $20 million mansion on Kiawah Island in South Carolina — where President Biden and his family are staying free of charge — has been plagued for years by a laundry list of problems, including mold, mildew, termites and cracks, according to a new report.

The Post reported last week that the Bidens, including disgraced first son Hunter, are spending their summer vacation at the beachfront property owned by big-time Democratic donor Maria Allwin — the widow of hedge fund founder James Allwin.

“They stayed here before and they’re not paying,” a source close to Allwin said. “They’ve never paid. They’re just friends.”

The Daily Mail reported on Monday, citing court documents, that behind its seemingly pristine façade, the nine-bedroom estate that has hosted the Bidens on and off since 2009 has become something of a money pit and the subject of several rounds of litigation.

A 2019 appeals court ruling in Allwin’s lawsuit against the builders of her home described the many issues that have bedeviled the luxury property over the years, including mold and mildew, multiple cracks, peeling wallpaper and damaged drywall, leaks, warped hardwood flooring and termites.

According to the lawsuit, Allwin first became aware of the problems back in 1999 — just five years after construction on her mansion was finished.

A contractor that Allwin hired to assess the condition of the property told her in 2004 that the roof was “so poorly installed, the only way to properly repair the roof is to replace it” to the tune of more than $500,000, according to the document.

Allwin balked at the high price tag but proceeded to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into an array of home repairs over the next several years. She ultimately sued the company that built her home, Russ Cooper Associates, in 2013, but lost at trial because she waited too long to file the complaint and the statute of limitations had run out. She appealed the ruling, but the appeals court rejected her claim on the same grounds.

Allwin’s house problems did not scare away the Bidens, who stayed there in August 2009, April 2012, April 2014, June 2015 and August 2015, according to records obtained by the outlet from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop as well as records from Biden’s time as President Barack Obama’s vice president.

A rep for the Allwin family told The Post on Monday, “Any issues with the house have long been resolved.”

Allwin has known Joe and Jill Biden socially for more than a decade, a source told The Post last week, adding that they do not have any joint business dealings.

Ahead of the 2020 election, Allwin sent a $35,000 check to the Biden Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee, according to Federal Election Commission records.

She has contributed generously to a variety of mostly Democratic political campaigns, but her most recent donations were to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and a PAC supporting her effort to beat back a primary challenge by Donald Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman

Allwin family’s firm, Aetos Capital, is currently run by Maria’s son, Chris, and manages $11.31 billion worth of assets.

Pinewood Prep soccer standout adds to international experience

Pinewood Prep soccer standout Jessica Osborne recently had her second experience at the international level, taking part in a four-day national training camp for England’s U18 national team.Osborne, a senior at Pinewood Prep, traveled to St. George’s Park, England’s national training center, returning to the U.S. last week. Last spring, she played for the English team in the U17 UEFA Euros tournament in Poland. She plays club ball for Florida Elite Soccer Academy.Osborne is the reigning Lowcountry player of th...

Pinewood Prep soccer standout Jessica Osborne recently had her second experience at the international level, taking part in a four-day national training camp for England’s U18 national team.

Osborne, a senior at Pinewood Prep, traveled to St. George’s Park, England’s national training center, returning to the U.S. last week. Last spring, she played for the English team in the U17 UEFA Euros tournament in Poland. She plays club ball for Florida Elite Soccer Academy.

Osborne is the reigning Lowcountry player of the year, a three-time all-state selection, and a verbal commit to Auburn University. She has helped lead Pinewood Prep to consecutive SCISA Class AAA state championships.

Osborne is qualified to play for the England national team because both of her parents are natives of England. Her mother, Gail, is the girls soccer coach at Pinewood Prep.

James Island, Wando runners shine

Lowcountry runners made their mark at last weekend’s Eye Opener, the state’s largest regular season invitational cross country meet, in Spartanburg.

The varsity races were split into two divisions, the International and the Championship. More than 1,500 varsity runners competed, along with a junior varsity group.

James Island junior Hannah Vroon, the most dominant runner in Class AAAA the last two years, won the International girls championship. Avery Belk ran to a fourth-place finish to lead the Trojans to the team championship in a field of 27 girls teams.

Bishop England’s girls finished eighth and Wando finished 14th in the International division. Bishop England’s top finisher was Nora Brahim, in 15th-place overall.

On the boys side, Wando junior Jake Liebert was the runner-up, leading the Warriors to the team championship. Liebert had help from Brendan Gomez and Tanner Jelliff, who finished fourth and 13th, respectively.

Other local schools participating included Lucy Beckham, Academic Magnet, Stratford and Timberland.

Porter-Gaud volleyball tourney

Wando and Bishop England claimed titles in the 2022 Porter-Gaud invitational volleyball tournament last weekend. Wando defeated Lucy Beckham to win the silver division championship, while Bishop England defeated James Island in the bronze division title match.

Cardinal Newman defeated River Bluff to claim the gold division title.

Local players on the all-tournament team included Emma Sanders of Wando, Maggie Elliott of Lucy Beckham and Chloe Anderson of Porter-Gaud.

Troubling TikTok challenges inspire new, digital hall pass system

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - To fight back on an uptick in illicit behavior inspired by the social media platform TikTok, a Charleston County school is taking the traditional hall pass digital.Through an application called SmartPass, students at James Island Charter High School can request permission to leave the classroom for things like going to the restroom or stopping by their lockers. The app is downloaded to each school-issued laptop but can also be downloaded to a cell phone as well.“We have had people, unfortunately,...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - To fight back on an uptick in illicit behavior inspired by the social media platform TikTok, a Charleston County school is taking the traditional hall pass digital.

Through an application called SmartPass, students at James Island Charter High School can request permission to leave the classroom for things like going to the restroom or stopping by their lockers. The app is downloaded to each school-issued laptop but can also be downloaded to a cell phone as well.

“We have had people, unfortunately, try to sneak into our school and they’re not supposed to be here. Now, at any given moment, we know there should be, say, seven people in the hallway and who they are,” Principal Timothy Thorn said. “It has a lot of safety components that allows us to keep our buildings safer.”

While the app does not track movements, all active passes are monitored on a screen by the principal, student concern specialists or the school resource officer. When students are issued a pass, they’re given a time limit before they’re supposed to return. When they run out of time the pass turns red on the screen and school officials can then follow up as needed.

Thorn says this system is new for them this year and is a direct response to some of the issues exposed last year.

“Last year, there was a TikTok challenge that a lot of schools went through. Kids would text each other to leave class. They’d meet up and then they’d go around the building and film themselves doing various things. The TikTok challenge was vandalism and stealing things from school,” Thorn said. “We are trying to cut back on the vandalism in our school, the sinks being ripped off the wall. . . it’s not a new problem but it definitely escalated in the last couple years.”

The time allowed for each hall pass is adjustable. For now, Thorne says bathroom breaks are generally given five minutes, while trips to the water fountain could be three minutes. Students start with five bathroom passes a day, but Thorn says they’re still figuring out what works best and teachers have the authority to override daily limits.

The app also has a feature that can control which students can have hall passes at the same time. Thorn says this feature allows them to crack down on significant others who might want to meet up in the middle of class or prevent groups of students known to abuse bathroom privileges from all being allowed to leave the classroom at the same time.

Thorn says the feature helps them keep students safe who are being bullied.

“It’s really about the bullying, harassment and safety contracts,” Thorn said. “If we can say student A, B and C can’t be out with student D to make sure it [bullying] doesn’t go on, that’s a tremendous way to keep kids safe. We have had to have adults follow students around just to get through some of these school harassment issues.”

You can learn more about the app, how it works and some of the reviews at its website.

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James Island residents express concern over proposed development filling wetlands

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - People who live on James Island are rallying together and encouraging an email campaign against a development off of Folly Road and Grimball Road Extension.The development would build 68 townhomes, 5 workforce units and commercial space. It would also allow for filling in 0.23 acres of freshwater non-tidal forested wetlands.Greg Payton lives on Donnie Road, right off of Grimball Extension. His family has lived in the home and community for more than 100 years. The proposed development would back up t...

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - People who live on James Island are rallying together and encouraging an email campaign against a development off of Folly Road and Grimball Road Extension.

The development would build 68 townhomes, 5 workforce units and commercial space. It would also allow for filling in 0.23 acres of freshwater non-tidal forested wetlands.

Greg Payton lives on Donnie Road, right off of Grimball Extension. His family has lived in the home and community for more than 100 years. The proposed development would back up to his home. He says he is worried about a lot of things, including stormwater runoff and traffic.

“They want to fill in the wetlands, and they’re going to have to cut down some trees, so if it rains, where is the water going to go? It’s going to come on our families, it’s going to be in our backyards and we’re going to be flooded under,” Payton says.

He also has concerns about how the amount of people moving in would affect traffic and the livability of his neighborhood.

“I say each unit is two cars, that’s 140, where are they going?” Payton asks “People have to go to work in the morning, how long will it take for people to come down Grimball Road Extension?”

He says he wants to attend a public hearing about the plans.

“We want to make sure that if they are going to build something, that they do it correctly,” Payton says.

The applicant developers are requesting to fill a little less than a quarter of an acre of wetlands. That filling would not have “a substantial adverse impact,” according to an Army Corps of Engineers initial study. The study found the filling would have ‘no effect’ on any federally endangered or threatened species.

The applicant is asking to fill .2 acres to construct a commercial parking lot and the other .03 to install a stormwater drainage structure, according to a June 24th, 2022, Army Corps of Engineers’ notice.

The report says the applicant will preserve the remaining .75 acres of wetlands to compensate for any impacts.

The Army Corps of Engineers is taking comments on the project through Monday, July 11. Operators of the ‘Save James Island’ Facebook page are encouraging people who are opposed to sending an email reading in part:

“I oppose the filling of any wetlands (no matter how ‘small’)…this historic area is plagued by flooding and drainage issues, and the preservation of natural wetlands and trees are our best and least-costly defense. Pleas hold a public hearing so the Army Corps of Engineers has ALL of the information, including the voice of the people who live here.”

The applicant appeared before Charleston City Technical Review Committee in April and is working to resolve some of the comments before coming back with a revised plan for the development.

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