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Firm looks to sell newly acquired South Carolina mountain property

For many living in the low-lying lands of South Carolina, Cook's Mountain is a true treasure. For many years, the land has been privately owned, but the land has just switched ownership. Republic Services, a national refuse disposal company, recently purchased the property for $5.1 million and is actively seeking to sell it. The property's sale involves multiple land use rules that are likely to affect the intended purpose of the property.

A spokesman for Republic Services indicated that a division of the company recently acquired that land, but they are not a property-holding firm, so they are looking to sell the property. The spokesman also noted the mountain's immense natural beauty. Not surprisingly, many South Carolina residents have many concerns over how the upcoming sale will impact future land use.

As it stands, a great portion of the property is protected by a conservation easement. This would make development of the land rather difficult, but does not guarantee that public use will continue in the future. At the same time, the easement would allow natural resources to be extracted through logging and mining.

At the time of the reports, there was no clear indication who will eventually purchase the land. Yet local residents hope the land will still be available for the public to enjoy, as it has for many years.

Ultimately, Republic Services is responsible for selling the land. No matter, whoever purchases the land will have to make sure the way they intend to use the land aligns with local ordinances and land easements. This will be a crucial aspect of the sale, so the purchasing party will want to make sure they fully understand how the land can be used and proceed accordingly. The local importance of this property opens up tremendous opportunities to positively impact the owners, local residents and the rest of the state.

Source: The State, "Landfill company now controls Richland County site," Sammy Fretwell, April 16, 2012

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