City shows status of new hotel, parking garage, and other downtown commercial building approvals

The following are images that were sent by Bill Prokop, Beaufort’s City¬†Manager, to a local citizen this morning, who forwarded them to The Beaufort Tribune.

Above: Proposed 55,000 square-foot, 72-room hotel, allegedly a Large Footprint Building under the City Code, thus requiring zoning variances, which have apparently not been sought nor granted.

Above: According to the minutes of the Historic District Review Board (HDRB), the City has granted a demolition permit to destroy the existing concrete-block/steel structure at 905 Port Republic Street (formerly First Carolina Bank, then BB&T bank, then the Pat Conroy Center) on the bogus assertion that it is full of termites and of no historical value. In fact, this existing building is constructed of concrete and steel and was sited at this location and landscaped by Robert Marvin, one of the most noted landscape architects of the 20th century. Mr. Marvin also designed Beaufort’s downtown waterfront park.

 

Proposed 175,000 square-foot parking garage, allegedly a Large Footprint Building under the City Code, thus requiring zoning variances, which have apparently not been sought nor granted.

Proposed apartment structure at corner of Charles and Port Republic Streets. The HDRB two weeks ago granted permission to demolish the existing structure on this site  subject to issuance by the City of building permits for this new structure.

In addition to the proposed structures depicted above, Mr. Prokop released renderings of several other commercial buildings in the downtown historic district that are either currently under construction or permitted to be constructed. The Tribune will report on those buildings in subsequent news articles.

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