INDIAN LAND, S.C. -- For businesses that are located along Highway 521, the recent explosion in business is great for their bottom line.
But while growth is good, there are concerns that too much growth of the wrong type of business would eventually have an adverse affect on the area just inside the South Carolina state line.
That's why some residents who live in the many old, and even newer subdivisions just off the intersection are paying close attention to Lancaster County leaders. They’re considering proposals that would limit the number the of gas stations that could be constructed in the future.
"Nothing is wrong with the gas stations. The idea that it’s going to become commercialized gasoline station route is taking away from the Indian Land Charm," said Ilene, who has lived in the Sun City subdivision for a little over a year. "It would actually limit people stopping on 521 for a restaurant because they'd be competing in traffic with the gasoline stations," she said.
The proposal would not allow new gas stations and convenience stores to be built within a half-mile of each other, unless they are situated on opposite corners of Highway 521.
"It sounds like it could be a good idea. You do have to make some type of standards," said Thea Smith, who adds 521 has more than enough convenience stores.
Gas stations would also have to close from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. if the station boarders a subdivision. Another item of the proposal is considering whether gas stations can only be built if it is on an intersection.
It may be a few weeks before the Lancaster County Council decides.