Wyboo - New Epcon Community
New community coming to Wyboo area?
Thursday, November 17, 2011 The Manning Times Page 9A
A Charleston-based company unveiled plans on Tuesday to team with a Columbus, Ohio based company to develop about 72 homes in what the developers will call Gregory Pointe. The new housing development is proposed for Deercreek Plantation at Wyboo, connected to Manning by SC 260. “I think this is what Deercreek was meant to look like,” said Gerry McCord, director of sales for Laurel One Corporation. The SC-based company will team with Epcon Communities to develop land at Deercreek,which saw its development stopped when the housing market went sour in 2008-11. “With the continued aging of the baby boom generation, Epcon provides a quality product at an extremely reasonable price for thoselooking for active adult communities,” McCord said in a news release about the project. “We will also be able to provide special financing for those wishing to purchase which is critical in today’s economic environment.” McCord and Boyd Hipp, president of Laurel One Corporation, brought a presentation about the project to business and community leaders at The Villas at Wyboo Tuesday evening. “If you don’t want us in the community, it’s not going to happen, ”McCord said, asking the group to consider the proposed development and its impact on the housing market and adult lifestyles of Clarendon County. Residents at Wyboo and Deercreek were invited for a look at the proposed development Tuesday morning. More information about Epcon Communities is available at the company’s Website:www.epconcommunities.com. The homes start in square footage at about 1200 and range upward to about 1900. A bonus room can be added to the largest of the patio homes; the smallest of the homes are built in "quads" of four to a building. Price point is $160,000 for the smallest up to $240,000 for the largest patio homes. All homes feature Epcon’s trademarked designs and construction. All are “stick built,” the developers said, with no modular-type building products used. Financing will be available through Laurel One, and only one builder will be authorized to construct these homes. The developers could not identify that builder, because they do not yet have a contract with that company. Homeowners association established dues take care of maintenance. The developers will first construct a clubhouse for use only by the residents of this development once home-buying begins; that building also is constructed to Epcon Communities guidelines. Regional and national advertising for the development is handled by Epcon through its Columbus, Ohio, office. The company also has developments in Columbia and Bluffton. The developers said that going to Epcon’s headquarters there are 138 flags representing the company’s developments. If someone is looking for golf, the Deercreek area will have a built-in advantage because of its proximity to the golf courses at Wyboo, developers said. Some Epcon-franchised developments do not yet have golf, and Wyboo would be a major factor in marketing the development to golfers worldwide. “We are excited to be back at Deercreek Plantation. We looked at this opportunity several years ago so we are familiar with the area and feel the timing is right for an Epcon product,” Hipp said. The proposed development is to be named Gregory Pointe in honor of property owner Bill Gregory. McCord said the proposed development would be the “backbone” of the Deercreek area.