A Hardeeville developer has proposed a mobile-home subdivision on Hilton Head Island to add housing options for lower-income residents, he said Monday.
Enrique Lopez wants to break ground on a 14-lot subdivision on six acres off Spanish Wells Road near Jarvis Creek. Each lot would cost about $70,000. Purchasers could build a house or buy a mobile home. A four-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home would cost $35,000, Lopez said.
The lots would make many purchasers first-time landowners, he said.
"So many people pay $500 a month for land just to put their mobile home on," he said. "This way they can put money down and own their own lot in a few years."
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He said he has already heard from interested buyers.
His target purchasers work in the service or hotel industry and want to put down roots on Hilton Head.
"A lot of people need" affordable housing, Lopez said. It's a subject town officials and real-estate leaders have discussed recently.
The Hilton Head Island Association of Realtors has criticized the lack of housing options. The island's median home price is $342,000, according to real-estate market website RealtyTrac. Agents have pushed for the town to ease restrictions to its land-management ordinance to allow for more affordable subdivisions.
"Realtors believe consumers need choices in housing," association vice president Jean Beck said in an email. "Everyone's needs are different, but all people should have the opportunity to own their home if it is within their means."
Town Councilman Lee Edwards, who represents part of Spanish Wells Road, said he hadn't seen Lopez's plans but "always liked the idea of more affordable housing."
Attempts Monday to reach Councilman Marc Grant, who also has constituents on Spanish Wells Road, were unsuccessful.
Lopez said he plans to start selling lots this spring.
Senior town planner Nicole Dixon said the town is reviewing his application, and Lopez will have 60 days to respond to staff comments.
He also has filed for land-disturbance and utility-installation permits from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. Those permits are pending, according to DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley.
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