Safety concerns grow in Fort Mill neighborhood

Safety concerns grow in Fort Mill neighborhood

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 12:00 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Safety concerns prompt Fort Mill Schools to move a bus stop out of the way of numerous construction vehicles and construction supplies in the Springfield neighborhood.

Bannerman Lane has plenty of no parking signs on the right side of the street, but neighbors say the problem is crews continue to park there, and the combination of vehicles and materials makes it difficult for a school bus to maneuver.

"You have too many construction vehicles with such a small portion of road,” said neighbor Pierre Langevin.

"They just block it and she just had to sit there before she even makes it into the cul-de-sac and lay on the horn for five minutes to get people to move their trucks,” said neighbor Todd Papin.

Sometimes, the bus can't turn around in the cul-de-sac at the end of Bannerman Lane because it's blocked, and the school bus has to go in reverse up the hill just to get out.   

The delay has even forced students to be late to school, school officials said. Also, that the district’s own check of Bannerman Lane found all sorts of blockage issues.

"With so many subcontractors in and out of the neighborhood, we haven't found an effective way to police it yet,” Papin said.

We also poured through emails that show the developer, Crescent Communities, has asked for more police patrols, and for neighbors to call police. The emails also indicate the developer did its own site checks, talked to individual builders and even installed those "no parking" signs.

Crescent Communities issues the following statement:

Crescent has worked diligently to remind the builders in Springfield of our commitment to maintaining a safe environment for residents and those who visit. We continue to take every step possible to communicate with the builders and their subcontractors to reinforce these considerations and expectations for safety.

The homes in the cul-de-sac should be finished in a few months. Neighbors hope time and stricter enforcement solves the problem.

“We agree with the school district’s decision to move the bus stop for continued safety of the students, and we will work with our contractors to mitigate the situation,” David Weekley Homes said.

Fort Mill Police say they check the area on a regular basis and have found no reason to issue ticket or tow vehicles, but add they aren’t there at all times to see what neighbors see.

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