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Port Royal's port redevelopment

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The governor said that he wants to see more park space in this large redevelopment project. They are rennovating the former port that used to be on the waterfront in Port Royal. Sanford wants 13 acres, but the town says it can't do more than 7 without hiring more staff.

"...the Ports Authority's vision for the site, which included a 400-slip marina, almost 400 homes and a 64-room hotel at the end of Paris Avenue.

The town's plan for the port site includes 400 to 500 new homes, apartments and condominiums, up to 150,000 square feet of commercial space, a 250-room hotel, a marina, a restaurant and public boat slips.

Port Royal Mayor Sam Murray said 13 acres of open space is too much and would force the town to hire additional public works staff."

I think that Sanford is on the money with this one. The waterfront should be given to the people of Port Royal. use Charleston as a model. The right yankees will come either way. Just build the condos an extre floor or two higher to make up for the lost units.

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Here is a link to the Port Redevelopment Plan. It is a rather large PDF, so give a few minutes to load up. Its a very well done Plan. Here is a taste of what is in there:

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Wow, didn't know all of that was involved.

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What business is it of the Governor's to meddle in the affairs of a city development such as this? He rarely, if ever, shows the same interest in other cities' development proposals around the state. It is highly doubtful he even looks closely at most of them if they are not in the Lowcountry.

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Because its a redevelopment of state property. The port is located where the Town Center will be.

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Wow. I'm really excited about this. With Florida filling up with old folks and yankees, South Carolina is really in the position to take advantage of our beautiful coastline. However, I am not looking forward to the day when native South Carolinians cannot afford beachfront property anymore. (It's already started to happen on the Charleston islands)

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And there is a current trend of Floridians moving back north (several I know to the Upstate) to get away from wildfires and hurricanes. Hopefully we will capitalize on this opportunity.

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Well, it looks like the plans for Port Royal have been shelved for the time being. The developer has backed out of the deal due to the instability of the financial market despite being in the final stages of the land acquisition process.

Herald-Journal Article

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Well that sucks. Those are some pretty neat plans.

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The SC State Ports Authority board passed a resolution on Tuesday approving a contract for the $16.75 million sale of its Port Royal facilities. According to the contract, the purchase would be made in two $8.375 million payments, the first to be delivered after a period of due diligence and the second no more than three years later. SPA officials have declined to name the buyer until after the transaction is complete.

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Great! I can't wait to see something happen in Port Royal.

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