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Developer plans to build eight homes in Persimmon Ford community

December 9, 2018 GMT

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – Wade Jurney Homes has plans to build eight houses along Deborah Court in the Persimmon Ford community of Johnsonville.

Bruce Milavec, Lowcountry division president for the company, said construction probably will begin the first part of January and should take about 120 days. The houses are projected to range from 1,400 to 1,800 square feet.

According to floor plan information presented to the Johnsonville City Council, the one- and two-story houses include two-car garages and have three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms.

Milavec said he expects the price for the houses to range from the upper $120,000s to the middle $140,000s.

“I’m in the process of finalizing all of our home budgets, in the process of hiring all of our contractors,” Milavec said. “So right now, that’s where my tentative numbers are showing. But we are actively looking for a few other trades for the area, and that should be able to wrap up our numbers.”

Those who are interested in purchasing a Wade Jurney home can go to wadejurneyhomes.com to view floorplans and communities. A virtual tour is also available on the website. Milavec said the homes are sold online.

Wade Jurney Homes already has two communities in the Florence County area, and the company is looking to expand in the area, according to Milavec.

“But the big thing is, I want to make sure we build a quality home, the homeowner is happy and we will do everything on our behalf to make it that way,” Milavec said.

The development in which the eight homes will be built was started in 2005, according to Johnsonville City Administrator Jim Smith. It is located off Persimmon Ford Road. Smith said the initial developer, Palmetto Lifestyle Community, went bankrupt and the development was sold at least once, to Art Cates, who owns the remaining vacant lots.

There are several homes already in the development, in addition to several vacant lots.

A 37-unit apartment complex is also being constructed in Johnsonville. The complex initially was projected to open in January.

“But there are no new single-family homes that I know of that are being built in Johnsonville,” Smith said. “He’s (Milavec) got kind of a unique product right now.”