Renovations, restorations planned for Beaufort, Port Royal military housing

emoody@beaufortgazette.comApril 5, 2013 

The 136 homes in Pine Grove on the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort are to be demolished as part of the changes planned for Beaufort military bases. The homes in Pine Grove were built in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the land they sit on will be left as open land.

DELAYNA EARLEY — Staff photo Buy Photo

Big changes are coming to housing at Beaufort and Port Royal military bases, including demolition of more than 100 duplexes at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The demolition, along with several other renovations, is part of a $78.9 million government-funded project that includes changes at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Naval Hospital Beaufort, the air station, and Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Housing on all four bases is managed by Atlantic Marine Corps Communities LLC, a division of the national company Lend Lease.

The first change at a local base will be the demolition of 136 duplexes at Pine Grove on the air station.

The last resident in the community moved out late last year, and the buildings are to be torn down to make room for a potential expansion of the air station's runway, Lend Lease spokeswoman Dixie Lanier Johnson said.

Materials from the homes are being recycled for other homes at the bases and in the community.

The project also includes the renovation of the General Officer Quarters 1 at Parris Island, which has been vacant for several years. The home was built in 1884 and was moved to its current location in 1890. It has not been significantly renovated since 1932. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

That renovation is expected to begin next year.

Another $45 million will be spent on renovations and upgrades to homes during the next two years, with the majority of the work at Laurel Bay and the naval hospital, Lanier Johnson said.

More than 1,035 Laurel Bay legacy homes and 53 naval hospital duplexes will receive energy upgrades, including new heating and air systems, roofs and floors. Work is expected to begin by May 2014.

In other changes about town:

  • Vaden of Beaufort celebrated its grand reopening Friday at 103 Robert Smalls Parkway, the site of a former O.C. Welch dealership. Information: 843-525-4100

  • Doodlebugs Children's Boutique, 802 Bay St., is closing April 15 after 11 years. Merchandise and fixtures are for sale.

  • Information: 843-379-3209

  • Demolition has begun on vacant buildings between Factory Creek and Sea Island Parkway on Lady's Island. The Beaufort County Open Land Trust bought an acre last year for $1.45 million with the intent of creating a vista and passive park.

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