Half of a large, grassy lot in the Marsh Gardens development along Boundary Street has been plowed in preparation for a new building and more parking spaces.
Developer Dick Stewart of 303 Associates said the parking lot should be completed in about three months and the building in about seven. Construction at the 1411 E. Queen St. lot will begin after the city approves a building permit, which Stewart expects next week.
The 50-spot parking lot will accommodate all nearby businesses, not just those in the new building, Stewart said.
One tenant has been secured for the 1,750-square-foot building, which will have a 575-square foot mezzanine. Marine Federal Credit Union is installing an ATM, and Stewart is seeking occupants for the rest of the building.
Marsh Gardens is a 14-acre planned unit development approved in 2001 by the city of Beaufort. It includes a 32,000-square-foot building facing Boundary Street and the Hilton Garden Inn of Beaufort.
The most recent addition was the Red Lobster/Olive Garden in early 2012 at 2045 Boundary St.
Stewart's company also is renovating buildings in the downtown historic district, he said. The Edmund Rhett Law Office Cottage behind the Beaufort Inn and a building at 310 Scott St., are being converted into two- and four-room additional accommodations for the Beaufort Inn, Stewart said. Work on both should be completed in about two months.
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