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Construction begins at island tract
Construction has begun at a tract on St. Simons Island owned by the Yacht Club.

Crews are building a wall along Kings Way that Glynn County Commission Chairman Richard Strickland said fits in nicely with the county's plans to improve gateways -- high traffic areas leading into the county.

"When people come onto the island, it will create a lasting image," Strickland said. "The wall is just a buffer for the residential area. It's a good first impression to the island."

Crews are also building the infrastructure inside the 15.4-acre tract, but no construction of buildings has begun.

Initially, plans called for 110 dwelling units, with a mix of residential homes and hotel units, along with a small commercial district and marina complex. Retail outlets, including a ship's store, sandwich shops and cafes, were also planned.

But after concerns were raised about the potential impacts of traffic, the plans were scaled back.

Now, only 40 single-family dwellings, some private docks and a small marina will be built on the site, according to plans filed with the county. There will be no commercial businesses.

"They scaled back after they realized there could be some problems with the egress and ingress," he said.

Strickland said the start of construction at the site is a positive sign. "It will be an even more positive sign when (houses) are sold," he said. "Hopefully, in the next few months it will be something we will all be proud of."

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