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Homes planned for U.S. 301 property

A mixed-use development is planned for the former Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries Brookland campus outside Orangeburg.

RG Development has plans to build between 200 and 300 homes on a 169-acre tract of land on Five Chop Road (U.S. Highway 301) and Roquemore Drive.

“Many jobs are coming to the Orangeburg area,” said Ben Gramling III, president of Charleston-based Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development.

“Orangeburg is doing a good job right now of trying to recruit companies. I commend them for that,” he said.

Gramling is partnering with Orangeburg businessman Jim Roquemore, who is the president and board chairman of YC Holdings Inc. YC Holdings Inc. purchased the property earlier this year after Connie Maxwell closed its location, citing the cost of upgrades and repairs.

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Gramling said there are signs of growth along the Interstate 26 corridor from Columbia to Charleston.

“These companies are finding South Carolina a good place to bring their companies right now,” Gramling said. “We need to prepare housing for them.”

Gramling particularly cited the Volvo plant and the Camp Hall Commerce Park in Berkeley County as significant.

“This is really not that far away from those sites,” Gramling said.

Roquemore said, “We’ve got a lot of people getting jobs out there. We are hoping it will be a really nice development in the area.”

The development will be built in at least two phases. It will include one and two-story homes ranging from under 2,000 square feet to the 3,000-square-foot range, Gramling said. The homes will most likely have three bedrooms and two baths, though some

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