A five-story, luxury senior-living center finally has the greenlight from town leaders to redevelop Salty Fare Landing on Hilton Head Island.
Bayshore Retirement Partners plans to build a 150,000-square-foot senior center near the Skull Creek dock, on the west side of Squire Pope Road, at the former Daufuskie Island Ferry launch.
The building will include 126 one- and two-bedroom units, a library, dining facilities, a pool, a full-service bar and lounge, a fitness room and a theater, among other amenities.
Bayshore also plans to refurbish the dock on the property and add swing trellises, a small formal garden, a seating terrace, a putting green and a fire pit along the waterfront.
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The facility now has the support of all of its neighbors, thanks to a handful of design changes, town urban designer Jennifer Ray told the Design Review Board on Tuesday. Bayshore will build five to 10 feet farther away from The Cypress, providing more space between it and its Hilton Head Plantation neighbor, Ray said.
Bayshore also has shifted all of the noisier service drive, kitchen, dining and club functions to the south side of the building, toward the adjacent Skull Creek Boathouse, according to town documents. And it has agreed to rebuild a dilapidated fence between the new center and The Cypress to improve the view, Bayshore principal Greg Iglehart said.
"They took our concerns about the wall and plantings and have come up with good solutions that I think we're pleased with," nearby Bay Club resident Roy Plekenpol said. "I'd also thank Bayshore, which has accepted these changes and paid for it, and they've proven they're going to be good neighbors."
With those changes on paper, the town's Design Review Board unanimously supported the project. Board member Kyle Theodore, a landscape architect with Woods + Partners Inc., who is working on the Bayshore project, recused herself.
The approval paves the way for Bayshore to complete its purchase of the property, along with the final designs and permitting, Iglehart said. Construction could begin in October, he added.
Hilton Head Plantation general manager Peter Kristian and Town Councilman Bill Harkins, who represents the area, both praised the project's aesthetics and ambition.
The property's use as a senior center also lets neighbors breathe a sigh of relief, Kristian added.
Over the past few years, proposals to turn the former landing into a water park, a Margaritaville-themed hotel and, most recently, a hub for Jet Ski tours have all been protested by The Cypress and Hilton Head Plantation. Those would have been too rowdy and commercial for the location, Kristian said.
"It's a beautiful property," he said. "I think they're doing an excellent job, and they're really providing a needed service in that area. We applaud their efforts."