Massive hotel, other out-of-scale buildings, planned for downtown Beaufort

Above: Scale model of proposed 72-room hotel in proportional comparison to some of the existing neighboring buildings. This is one of five major projects proposed by 303 Associates, a local development company, in various stages of review and purported approval by the City of Beaufort in the Port Republic Street area of the nine-block downtown historic core commercial district. According to reports, the hotel will be “a hotel in the Marriott family of hotels”.

Massing models and scaled calculations by Beaufort Design Build, a local architecture and design\build group, reveal that this proposed hotel is grossly out of scale with existing structures in the downtown historic core commercial district and allegedly in violation of the City Code, to wit:

50 times larger than the Good Aura shop, which is immediately adjacent to this proposed hotel and is shown in scale on the rendering above.

17 times larger than Old Bull Tavern, which is adjacent to this proposed hotel and is shown in scale on the rendering above.

20 times larger than the Verdier House, headquarters of Historic Beaufort Foundation, which faces Bay Street and is located approximately 75 feet from this proposed hotel, see rendering in scale below.

The map below shows the location of the structures proposed by 303 Associates in the nine-block core historic commercial area.

Proposed Port Republic Projects:
A = 4 story, 175,000 sq ft, 436-car Parking Garage (purported preliminary City approval)
B = 1 story Events Center (status?)
C = 3 story, 14-room Hotel with exercise room (status?)
D = 4 story, 72 room, 55,000 sq ft Marriott Hotel (purported City approval) with roof-top bar (proposed)
E = 3 story Apartment Complex (proposed)