Imagine the view from your front porch is a rolling, open field and then learning 800 homes will be built on that land! That's becoming a reality for some people who live in Putnam County. This week commissioners approved re-zoning plans for a new upscale housing development in Scott Depot.
We learned more about the hundred acres that will soon have a very different landscape. Its farmland right now a site neighbors enjoy but soon enough construction is expected to begin.
When word came of the new development, Steve Young had one thought. “We’re in trouble.”
He still feels that way with more than 500 apartments, 100 condos, nearly 200 townhouses and even single family homes coming. He sees a traffic nightmare. Others aren't completely opposed.
David Harper, Scott Depot says, “if it's done in the right way and done correctly and the flood system is considered and they do the roads and the lights I’m not really totally against it, it's more tax money for the county.”
Some question the need for that many homes but Commissioner Jim Caruthers points to the fact that the project will be spread out over 10-12 years.
Putnam County Commissioners Jim Caruthers tells us, “now if they were going to be ready tomorrow it would be a tremendous impact. The way they're doing this is very well planned out.”
Many neighbors who live along Hedrick Road agree growth is inevitable, they say their biggest issue with this new development is the traffic. The main entrance will be right here across the street from their homes.
Steve Young, who has lived in the area since 1999 says, “I don't care what they do with the property, my concern is how it affects me and if it's going to be a total impact to me getting in and out of our property.”
The developer is Cathcart Properties out of Virginia. There is still one more step before they can break ground. The developer will have to give the county a final development plan. That will include details about things like water drainage. Commissioners say Cathcart has been looking to develop in Teays Valley for the last four years.