August 6, 2008

Building Dropped From Coligny Plan

By Tim Donnelly, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Aug. 6--Hilton Head Island's Town Council on Tuesday officially nixed a commercial building from plans to overhaul the parking lot at the island's busiest beach spot.

When it first drafted the plan in 2006, the town wanted to include a snack stand, store or other commercial use as part of the major renovations of the Coligny district. The idea was to provide beachgoers a place to grab a snack or suntan lotion before hitting the beach.

But the plan drew fire from shop owners in nearby Coligny Plaza who questioned why the town wanted to compete with businesses in the area.

After hearing complaints, council members re-examined the idea and agreed they should drop the plan.

The rest of the project -- including redesigning the parking lot, adding a park on the current site of the Legendary mini-golf course and Smokehouse restaurant, and constructing pathways -- still is in the works. But the project won't begin until the reconstruction of the beach park entrance is completed, sometime before next summer.

The council voted 6-0 to drop the commercial element.

Councilman Drew Laughlin was absent.


After several false starts, the Children's Center finally is on track to get a new home for its expanded campus.

The council gave first-round approval to rezoning 5 acres in Jarvis Creek Park for use by the nonprofit day care center.

The town has been searching for a new location for the center for years. The 40-year-old center had picked other locations, but deals kept falling through. The rezoning approved Tuesday will benefit the whole community, council members said.

"It's a wonderful community effort," Mayor Tom Peeples said. "It's been a long time coming, but it's finally able to

move forward."


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