$7M apartment complex to locate in Denmark

DENMARK – A new apartment complex that will cost approximately $7 million will be built in Denmark, officials with the city and developer Woda Cooper Companies Inc. of Columbus, Ohio announced Oct. 25.

The 34-unit Lowcountry Crossing will be built on Progressive Way in Denmark across from Fairridge Lane Apartments.

Lowcountry Crossing is being made possible through the support of the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority. The complex will include two two-story buildings featuring large apartment homes. There will be 24 two-bedroom apartments and 10 three-bedroom apartments. All units will have open-concept living spaces, energy-efficient windows and central heating and air conditioning systems, officials said.

Lowcountry Crossing will be located on the former site of Holly Hill Mill, a wood mill, city officials noted.

Denmark Mayor Dr. Gerald Wright said, “The new 34-unit, multi-family rental community on Progressive Way is an important addition to our community. We look forward to the housing that is being developed by the Woda Cooper Company.”

“Lowcountry Crossing … will fulfill our community’s need for high-quality, affordable housing with modern, energy-efficient, affordable apartment homes and amenities,” Wright added.

“We are appreciative of any entity that comes into our community to help beautify and improve it,” Denmark City Councilman Calvin Odom said.

The new apartment community will offer a community building, a central laundry, a computer room and a playground. Monthly rent will be affordable for families or singles who earn 60 percent of area median income or less and will include owner-paid water, sewer and trash collection.

Accountius said construction will begin on the apartments in late spring or early summer of 2019 with anticipated completion in the spring of 2020.

SCDOT: Circular intersections used more in rural areas

Two roundabouts are under construction in Sawyerdale: one at the intersection of S.C. Highway 3 and S.C. Highway 394 and another at S.C. 394 and S.C. 389.

Work began on the two roundabouts on March 16 and were completed late last year.

The Sawyerdale intersections had been cited as some of the most dangerous in the state.

Over a seven-and-a-half-year period, the S.C. 3 and S.C. 394 intersection saw a total of 33 crashes with 31 of the crashes being T-bone or right angle crashes, according to SCDOT.

Over a seven-year period, the S.C. 3 and S.C. 389 intersection saw a total of 31 crashes, with 27 being T-bone or right angle crashes.

A roundabout is a type of intersection that directs both turning and through traffic onto a one-way circular roadway. There are no traffic signals or stop signs in a traffic circle.

Drivers yield at the entry to traffic in the roundabout, then enter the intersection and travel in a counterclockwise fashion before exiting at their desired street.

A roundabout will also be built at S.C. 210 and Cattle Creek Road.

S.C. State business students win national first place

South Carolina State University students in the School of Business won a $15,000 first-place prize, claiming victory over several other colleges and universities in the 2018 National Black MBA Association's Undergraduate Case Competition.

The competition was held in Detroit in September.

Teams of students from colleges and universities across the country were given a month to analyze a complex business case to demonstrate their problem-solving skills and then present their findings to a panel of executives from leading corporations and academic institutions.

S.C. State students proposed a new credit card for the Chase Sapphire portfolio. Their proposal included a strategy centered around the Chase Sapphire Future card, which would target teenagers ages 13-17.

The Future card would be owned by parents, and spending would generate educational rewards that would go into a 529 College Savings Plan fund. The 529 plan is a tax-advantage savings program that was created under the Internal Revenue Service code and sponsored by individual states.

The $15,000 prize will provide scholarships to each of the participants on the winning team.

Smithsonian exhibit visits Voorhees

The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” was at Voorhees College's Wright-Potts Library from Oct. 27 to Dec. 9.

Voorhees was chosen by the S.C. Humanities Council through a competitive application process to host “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” as part of the Museum on Main Street program.

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is a part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation and local host institutions.

Williams gets Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Photographer, inventor, videographer, author and architect Cecil J. Williams was one of four recipients of the Governor’s Award in the Humanities in October.

The honor is presented by South Carolina Humanities.

Williams, an Orangeburg native, is the first Claflin graduate to individually receive the award. In 2009, the Claflin School of Humanities and Social Sciences received the award. South Carolina State University received the award in 2011.

Williams was recognized for his body of work cited as significant in advancing interest in the humanities.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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