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A plan for the 600-home development Oyster Point on the rural outskirts of Mount Pleasant didn't sit well with neighbors when first announced, and the land's historic site designation will likely make the plans all that much trickier.
Sitting on some 200 acres, the marsh front Oyster Point site is also home to the scattered remains of "Fort Palmetto" that was, as the National Register Properties in South Carolina writes:
Designed to deny Union naval support of any attack on Charleston from the northeastern side. The Christ Church line was laid out by Robert E. Lee and constructed in late 1861. Although a simple open battery, Fort Palmetto has unusually high relief with a parapet approximately 15 feet in height and a magazine approximately 25 feet above the surrounding terrain.
Still, the developers are hoping to build around the most historic parts, Mount Pleasant Patch writes:
D.R. Horton Homes, the developer behind Oyster Point, is seeking a first-of-its-kind conservation landscape district zoning classification. The classification allows developers to preserve the 200-acre property's natural and historical elements with a series of parks and open spaces. In return, D.R. Horton will be given leeway to build some of the project's homes more closely together.