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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Johns Island, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Johns Island residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Johns Island, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Johns Island, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Johns Island, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Johns Island, SC?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

Sets Prize
Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $99
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $139
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $149
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $299

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Johns Island with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
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Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Johns Island.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Johns Island.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Johns Island, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Johns Island and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Johns Island, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Johns Island, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Johns Island, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Johns Island, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Trident hospital owner eyes Johns Island for new facility with nearly $20M land deal

The owner of Trident Medical Center has set its sights on rapidly developing Johns Island for a new health care facility.An affiliate of Nashville-based HCA Healthcare recently paid nearly $20 million for 55 acres through multiple transactions on several parcels along Zelasko Drive between Maybank Highway and Cane Slash Road, according to Charleston County land records.The property will become part of Trident Health, which is owned by HCA, according to a spokesman.Christina Oh, president and CEO of the local system, whic...

The owner of Trident Medical Center has set its sights on rapidly developing Johns Island for a new health care facility.

An affiliate of Nashville-based HCA Healthcare recently paid nearly $20 million for 55 acres through multiple transactions on several parcels along Zelasko Drive between Maybank Highway and Cane Slash Road, according to Charleston County land records.

The property will become part of Trident Health, which is owned by HCA, according to a spokesman.

Christina Oh, president and CEO of the local system, which includes Trident Medical Center and other facilities in the Charleston area, said the region’s population is growing and Trident is looking to expand its services to island residents.

“As our community continues to rapidly grow, we look to respond by bringing needed health-care services to areas that are underserved,” Oh said. “James and Johns Island residents routinely have to drive 30 or more minutes to reach the care they need.”

She said Trident Health “can help fill that gap.”

Oh provided no timetable or cost for construction of a new facility on Johns Island.

“We look forward to working closely with community leaders and neighbors to get their ideas on what they need in their backyard,” Oh said.

In addition to the 321-bed Trident Medical Center in North Charleston, Trident Health also includes the 124-bed Summerville Medical Center and three freestanding emergency rooms at Brighton Park in Nexton, Centre Pointe near Tanger Outlets and Moncks Corner Medical Center.

The 135-bed Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro also is owned by HCA, a for-profit company that’s listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

HCA affiliate Johns Island MC LLC paid $17.2 million for almost 48 acres on 10 parcels last fall, according to the commercial real estate firm NAI Charleston, which represented the seller.

The sellers of most of the land were affiliates of the real estate development firm EYC Companies of Charleston, according to land records.

HCA also bought five smaller neighboring parcels in separate transactions from four individual landowners for a combined $2.28 million, according to recently recorded deeds.

The assemblage of several parcels, across from live Oak Square Shopping Center, extends along most of Zelasko Drive.

Johns Island has undergone rapid growth in recent years, especially with the booming housing market and influx of new residents to the Charleston region.

Several new housing developments as well as new retail and restaurant sites have sprung up in recent years on the island that’s partially in the city of Charleston.

About 23,000 people live on the island, according to the 2020 census. Roughly 12,000 of those reside inside Charleston city limits, according to city spokesman Jack O’Toole.

Part of the health care provider’s purchased acreage is zoned for uses such as a business park and general office development. The rest of it is not currently zoned, according to Charleston’s zoning map.

On the eastern side of Johns Island near the upscale communities of Kiawah and Seabrook islands along the coast, the Medical University of South Carolina is building a new facility.

MUSC Health Sea Islands Medical Pavilion will be at 1884 Seabrook Island Road down the street from the Harris Teeter-anchored Freshfields Village Shopping Center.

The healthcare provider’s website says double-digit population growth is anticipated on the sea islands over the next five years with a growing percentage of residents in the area over the age of 65.

“This growth, along with the islands’ geographic isolation, demographics and community health profiles, has created an urgent need for additional health care services in this part of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” MUSC says on its website.

MUSC says the new medical facility will provide “access to life-saving medical care in a new free-standing Emergency Room, with trauma rooms, fast-track triage, full CT scan and radiology services, full lab services and helipad.” The site also will offer primary care and outpatient services.

The $24 million project is expected to complete construction by 2023, according to MUSC when it announced the development last summer.

Johns Island craft brewery among best in SC, according to Yelp

(NEXSTAR) – Who’s in the mood for an expensive beer?These days, it feels like you can’t throw a rock without hitting a craft brewery, or at least hitting someone who has a very strong opinion on craft beer. The number of U.S. microbreweries, taprooms and brewpubs has exploded over the last decade, from roughly 2,000 in 2010 to more than 9,000 in 2021, according to the Brewers Association.De...

(NEXSTAR) – Who’s in the mood for an expensive beer?

These days, it feels like you can’t throw a rock without hitting a craft brewery, or at least hitting someone who has a very strong opinion on craft beer. The number of U.S. microbreweries, taprooms and brewpubs has exploded over the last decade, from roughly 2,000 in 2010 to more than 9,000 in 2021, according to the Brewers Association.

Despite a slight dip in production during the pandemic (and current supply-chain snags), most of these breweries on track to keep pre-pandemic levels of beer flowing, too.

“While the boom in breweries of a few years before has certainly slowed, the continued growth in small breweries shows the solid foundation of demand for their businesses and beers,” Bart Watson, the chief economist of the Brewers Association, said in an April press release.

With so much craft beer to consider, and so many brewpubs to choose from, it’s undoubtedly daunting to settle on a destination for a draft or two. But luckily, the analysts at Yelp have sorted through thousands of user-generated reviews to determine which breweries are best-rated in your neck of the woods.

One quick note: The following list is based on reviews that not only considered the taste of each brewery’s beer, but also the ambiance or service at each establishment’s taproom, if they indeed serve beer on the premises.

Good? Alright, let’s hop to it, then: The top craft brewery* in each state, based on Yelp reviews, can be found below:

More information, and links to each brewery’s Yelp page, can be found at Yelp.com.

While the above breweries are certainly most popular with Yelp users, the sales figures of America’s top-producing craft breweries tell a different story. The most popular craft brewery in the U.S., in terms of sales volume, is Pennsylvania-based D. G. Yuengling & Son, followed by the Boston Beer Company of Massachusetts and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, according to the Brewers Association.

*Craft breweries, as defined by the Brewers Association, must produce less than 6 million barrels per year. To qualify for the category, no more than 25% of the company can be owned or controlled by a larger, non-craft brewer. The brewery itself must also hold a TBB Brewer’s Notice and be actively producing beer.

Lexington One announces promotions for the coming year

Lexington, SC 05/12/2022 - At several recent meetings of Lexington County School District One's Board of Trustees, they approved the hiring and/or promotion of seven educators to the position of assistant principal at schools across the district. These new assistant principals will begin on July 1, 2022.Tiffany A. Wagner was promoted to the position of Carolina Springs Middle School’s assistant principal. She currently serves as the school’s digital learning coach. At CSMS, she serves on t...

Lexington, SC 05/12/2022 - At several recent meetings of Lexington County School District One's Board of Trustees, they approved the hiring and/or promotion of seven educators to the position of assistant principal at schools across the district. These new assistant principals will begin on July 1, 2022.

Tiffany A. Wagner was promoted to the position of Carolina Springs Middle School’s assistant principal. She currently serves as the school’s digital learning coach. At CSMS, she serves on the CSMS Leadership Team, where she works with the school’s leadership team to provide formative feedback to teachers around instructional practices and the school’s goals/work plan. Wagner began her career in education at St. John’s High School on Johns Island, SC, working as the school’s English teacher, a position she served in for three years. During her time there, she was named Rookie Teacher of the Year and the personalized learning demonstration teacher. In 2016, Wagner joined Lexington District One and worked at River Bluff High School for three years as an English teacher and model classroom teacher. In 2019, she joined the team at CSMS. Wagner has a Bachelor of Arts in English, and master’s degrees in educational administration and teaching from University of South Carolina. She participated in the Lowcountry Writing Project at The Citadel. She is participating in the Lexington District One Aspiring Assistant Principals program.

Brandon S. Schirmer joins Deerfield Elementary School as the school’s new assistant principal. He currently serves as the assistant principal at Round Top Elementary School in Richland School District Two, a position he has held since 2018. At RTES, Schirmer planned and facilitated professional development; developed curriculum and instructional strategies; and administered schoolwide and classroom behavioral strategies. He also created and led the New Aviator Cohort professional learning community to provide support for first- and second-year teachers; the Empowerment Club to support students through character building; and The WingMen Club to provide mentoring to staff, students and community members. Prior to serving as assistant principal, Schirmer served as a physical education teacher at Bookman Road Elementary in Richland Two for seven years and was the 2017–18 Teacher of the Year. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from University of Tennessee, and master’s degrees in teaching and educational administration from University of South Carolina.

Michelle W. Brazell was officially named assistant principal at Meadow Glen Elementary School. Brazell has served as interim assistant principal at MGES since February 2022. She is also the lead interventionist/instructional coach at Pleasant Hill Middle School. Brazell first stepped into the classroom at Bookman Road Elementary in Richland School District Two, where she taught fourth and fifth grade. In 2005, she joined Lexington District One, teaching middle-level math at White Knoll Middle School for almost 10 years. In 2015, Brazell was named the lead interventionist for both Carolina Springs Middle School and PHMS. Later that year, she was named the interventionist/instructional coach at PHMS. Brazell has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, as well as a Master of Arts in divergent learning from Columbia College. She also has a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from University of Phoenix.

Misty M. Johnson will serve as the new assistant principal of Oak Grove Elementary School. She currently serves as the literacy coach at Carolina Springs Elementary School. A National Board Certified Teacher, Johnson has 20 years of experience in the classroom. She began her career at University of South Carolina Aiken, serving as the university’s coordinator of alumni affairs. She moved to Savannah to work at Savannah College of Art and Design, first as the coordinator of student affairs, then as the assistant director of student involvement. Johnson first stepped into the classroom in 2002, teaching third grade at Herbert A. Wood Elementary School in Lexington School District Two. She then moved to Harrisburg, NC, to teach third grade at Harrisburg Elementary School. Johnson returned to South Carolina to teach in Fort Mill School District, teaching fourth grade at Springfield Elementary School, then at Sugar Creek Elementary School. She joined Lexington District One in 2012, teaching fourth grade at Carolina Springs Elementary School. In 2014, she became the school’s literacy coach. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from University of South Carolina Aiken, and master’s degrees in both student personnel services and education administration from University of South Carolina.

Jessica I.M. Robbins will transfer to Rocky Creek Elementary School to serve as assistant principal. She is currently the assistant principal at Pleasant Hill Middle School. In this role, she coordinated testing, created and led professional development and served as the school literacy coach, 504 coordinator and fine arts administrator. Robbins began her teaching career at White Knoll High School in 2006, teaching English Language Arts. She spent six years at WKHS, where she participated on the district’s curriculum committee. Robbins was then promoted to assistant principal of PHMS in 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, as well as three master’s degrees and an educational specialist degree from University of South Carolina.

Amy L. Blackburn and Allysha D. Ramscharan will become White Knoll High School’s new assistant principals.

Amy L. Blackburn returns to WKHS after serving as the lead interventionist/literacy coach at White Knoll Middle School since August 2021, where she worked collaboratively to determine school work plan goals, designed and facilitated schoolwide professional learning experiences, designed the WKMS Response to Intervention framework and collaborated with teachers to design data-informed instruction. Blackburn began her teaching career at WKHS in 2003, where she spent 18 years teaching English language arts, introduction to journalism and literary film studies. During her time at WKHS, she also served as the Teacher Cadet instructor, the graduation coordinator, athletic coach and as an English co-teacher. Blackburn received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in educational administration from University of South Carolina. She also received an education specialist degree in literacy from Converse College. Blackburn maintains certifications in English, secondary supervisor, secondary principal, literacy teacher, literacy coach and literacy specialist.

Allysha D. Ramcharan joins Lexington District One from Edisto High School in Orangeburg School District 04, where she served as the school’s assistant principal since 2017. At EHS, she served as the school testing coordinator, data coach, 504 coordinator and RtI lead. An educator with 18 years’ experience, Ramcharan began her teaching career at Kids For The Future, Inc. in Queens, NY. She moved to South Carolina in 2003 to teach 3-year-old preschool at Adlerian Child Care. In 2004, she joined Burton-Pack Elementary School in Columbia’s Richland One to teach fifth grade English and social studies. In 2005, she taught sixth grade English and social studies at William J. Clark Middle School in Orangeburg County School District. Ramcharan moved to Winnsboro, SC, in 2009 to teach sixth grade math and serve as an administrative intern at Fairfield Elementary School in the Fairfield County School District. In 2013, she joined Irmo Middle School, in District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties to serve as the school’s reading interventionist and curriculum intern. Later, in 2014, she moved to the Newberry County School District to serve as Newberry Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade English language arts and READ 180 instructor. She was then hired as assistant principal at EHS. Ramcharan received a Bachelor of Science from Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, NY, a Master of Education in classroom leadership from Southern Wesleyan University and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Winthrop University. She also earned an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Cambridge College in August, GA. She is currently completing a doctorate of education in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.

Daniel Bailey was promoted to assistant principal at White Knoll Middle School. Bailey currently serves as a teacher at Meadow Glen Middle School, where he collaboratively organized, scheduled and planned sixth grade curriculum. He began his career at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce as the WIA case manager. In 2012, Bailey began his educational career at Pine Ridge Middle School, serving as the school’s social studies teacher and student activities director. In 2016, he moved to Airport High School as the director of student activities, the middle college coordinator and AVID elective teacher. He then joined Lexington District One and MGMS in 2021. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in history, as well as a Master of Teaching in secondary education, social studies from University of South Carolina. He also has an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from Arkansas State University. In addition, he served as a graduate student in The Riley Institute Teachers of Government at Furman University, as well as a career development facilitator through Lengel Vocational Services. Bailey was selected as Teacher of the Year for Pine Ridge Middle in 2014 and Teacher of the Year for Airport High School in 2017. He was named the 2017 Lexington School District Two District Teacher of the Year and the 2016 National Middle Level Student Council Adviser of the Year from the National Association of Student Councils.

Johns Island conservation easement would protect flood-prone area from development

A 94-acre property on Johns Island that was once the site of a proposed 240-home community may be protected from all future development.Charleston City Council on April 12 approved allocating about $515,000 of its greenbelt funding toward a conservation easement for the property, known as the Oakville Tract.Greenbelt funding is set aside by Charleston County to various municipalities in the county for conservation projects. The Lowcountry Land Trust is drafting the agreement to protect the property and matching the city’s...

A 94-acre property on Johns Island that was once the site of a proposed 240-home community may be protected from all future development.

Charleston City Council on April 12 approved allocating about $515,000 of its greenbelt funding toward a conservation easement for the property, known as the Oakville Tract.

Greenbelt funding is set aside by Charleston County to various municipalities in the county for conservation projects. The Lowcountry Land Trust is drafting the agreement to protect the property and matching the city’s allocation using funds from a grant awarded through the state of South Carolina.

“You wouldn’t want to be developing this site, it’s very low, it’s subject to flooding and it can have an impact on the overall drainage basin,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said during a Charleston City Council Real Estate Committee meeting April 11.

The Charleston Aviation Authority bought two parcels of land in August, including the Oakville tract, to prevent homes from sprouting on the edge of the 1,333-acre Charleston Executive Airport next to the Stono River.

The purchases will allow the airport to widen and extend one of its runways and use the Oakville tract as an undeveloped “clear zone” or safety buffer for the runway. The most that the Aviation Authority could build on the Oakville tract under the proposed conservation easement would be a road connecting different areas of the airport to each other, said City Councilman Karl Brady who represents the area.

“I think its a huge win because the airport gets a buffer zone and we’re able to save that low-lying land,” Brady said.

The 94-acre Oakville tract is mostly located in the city of Charleston but is partially within the county. It is also located entirely within the urban growth boundary, an area where higher density of development is allowed on Johns Island. The low-lying piece of land is also on Burden Creek. Preserving it from development will allow runoff to continue downstream rather than be blocked by homes, roads and businesses.

“There would have been a lot of repercussion upstream,” said Johns Island Taskforce Chairman John Zlogar of the previous proposal to build homes on the property. The task force was established in 2013 to bring together residents and local officials to address Johns Island-specific issues.

The Charleston Aviation Authority bought the Oakville tract and another 43-acre tract for $7.7 million. Out of that, $4.9 million went to the developers of the proposed community on the Oakville tract for the estimated development rights of the land. If the use of the city of Charleston’s allocation of greenbelt funds is given final approval by Charleston County, the Aviation Authority has agreed to donate $3.9 million worth of those development rights, said Natalie Olson, Sea Islands Program Director for the Lowcountry Land Trust.

The grant funds would reimburse the Aviation Authority for about $1 million worth of those land rights. The agency will retain ownership of the property, but the conservation easement will limit all development on it in perpetuity.

City Councilman Ross Appel told members of the Real Estate Committee that it is common for airports to create “buffer zones” along the edges of their properties.

“These airports are economic engines and there is going to be a lot of desire to develop in and around this area,” Appel said.

Charleston County Council’s Finance Committee will vote April 21 whether to approve the city’s allocation of its share of greenbelt funds to the conservation easement. The proposal will then need a final vote from County Council.

The Oakville property is one of several tracts of land on Johns Island that are being considered for greenbelt funds. County Council’s Finance Committee will also consider approving greenbelt funds to place conservation easements on two large properties, a 700-acre tract along the Stono River known as Ravenswood and a 35-acre tract that once included the Sea Islands Farmers Cooperative. The co-op was founded by Black farmers in the 1970s.

Cost to extend I-526 to James Island more than triples to $2.35 billion

The price tag for the long-planned extension of the Mark Clark Expressway from West Ashley across Johns Island to James Island has suddenly tripled.The S.C. Department of Transportation’s new construction estimate is a whopping $2.35 billion — or more than three times the projected cost when it was last calculated in 2015.The impact on Charleston County would be dramatic and those in charge have expressed concern the future of the road plan is in doubt.“I don’t know if people are going to have an ...

The price tag for the long-planned extension of the Mark Clark Expressway from West Ashley across Johns Island to James Island has suddenly tripled.

The S.C. Department of Transportation’s new construction estimate is a whopping $2.35 billion — or more than three times the projected cost when it was last calculated in 2015.

The impact on Charleston County would be dramatic and those in charge have expressed concern the future of the road plan is in doubt.

“I don’t know if people are going to have an appetite for it,” said Council Chairman Teddie Pryor. “Where are we going to get the extra money from?”

With the state’s share of the cost capped at $420 million, Charleston County had expected to contribute about $305 million to the project under the previous $725 million estimate.

Now, the county’s share would be more than $1.9 billion.

“We’ll wait to see how the county responds,” said state Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. “Our recommendation remains ... to proceed with preliminary activity on the project and get to the point where it would be shovel-ready.”

In a letter to the county April 25, Hall said DOT is asking the county and the state Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board for approval to spend $150 million for ongoing work to make the road plan ready for bids. The county would pay half that amount.

Beyond that, the highway department wants to county to demonstrate “a reasonable financial approach to the entire project.”

Pryor said the County Council will discuss the issue when it meets at a regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. today, April 26. He said the county would likely need federal assistance, new taxes, or both, in order to fund such a project.

The county and the state have each spent about $12.5 million on the project so far, he said.

“The longer this thing is delayed, the more it’s going to cost,” said Pryor.

Hall said one reason the cost has gone up so much is the soaring price of real estate in Charleston County. Acquiring the land needed for the road would cost an estimated $261 million, she said.

The DOT estimate assumes construction could begin in 2028, and also assumes there would be two or three years of litigation before that.

If completed, there would be a highway loop around Charleston, with the interstate running from Mount Pleasant across Daniel Island, North Charleston and West Ashley, then becoming more of a parkway across Johns Island and connecting to the James Island Connector on James Island.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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