Release Date: February 1, 2011
Stephen G. Riley, ICMA-CM , Town Manager, (843)341-4700, Fax: (843)842-7728
Gary Kubic , Beaufort County Administrator, (843)255-2027
The Town of Hilton Head Island today announced the acquisition of two parcels of land from South Carolina Bank and Trust, N.A. totaling 2.0 acres for a total expenditure of $265,000.00. The parcels are located along Beach City Road and are adjacent to other Town-owned property (Fish Haul Creek Park). Beaufort County has agreed to contribute one half of this amount. The Town's portion will come from the Town's 2010 Bond Issue.
One parcel is a 1.0 acre vacant parcel and is zoned RM-4, Residential Multi-Family, which would have allowed 4 multi-family units, generating 8 PM peak-hour driving trips.
The second parcel is a 1.0 acre vacant parcel and is zoned WMU, Waterfront Mixed Use, which would have allowed 8,000 square feet of commercial development, generating 277 PM peak-hour driving trips.
Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton said the acquisition is another great example of government bodies working together for the good of all. "Beaufort County's Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program would not have arrived at the successful conservation of more than 17,000 vulnerable acres if not for its valuable partnerships. These new parcels will remain forever undeveloped for future generations to enjoy and for that, we all are grateful."
Mayor Drew Laughlin added, "This land will provide a natural buffer for Fish Haul Creek Park and a possible location for Mitchelville Preservation efforts. We are pleased to be able to partner with the County on these important acquisitions."
Town Manager Steve Riley stated, "The acquisition of these two parcels, along with others adjacent to the property, offers the opportunity to create open space along this corridor of the Island and at the head waters of Fish Haul Creek."