Beaufort drivers might notice more activity than usual on Boundary Street this week.
Three buildings on the south side of the road are scheduled to be torn down between Monday and Friday. The former Sea Eagle Market building, Huddle House and old fire shed will be demolished as part of a plan to create green space and open views of the marsh.
The city doesn’t yet have specific times for the work. Once the buildings are demolished, the sites will be landscaped as a passive park.
Demolition and removal should begin Tuesday and should be finished this week, depending on the rain, city director of public projects and facilities Neal Pugliese said.
“I want this thing done,” he said.
The work isn’t expected to affect traffic.
The overall Boundary Street project will cost $33 million.
The city of Beaufort, Beaufort County and Beaufort County Open Land Trust worked to buy the buildings to eventually create the passive park. Together, the entities spent a little more than $1.5 million to secure Sea Eagle, Huddle House and the United Way building.
A Sunoco gas station in the area was bought this month by the city and county for $650,000, the amount the property was appraised for. The county Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Program covered $600,000 and the city $50,000.
There is no timeline for demolishing the gas station, Open Land Trust board member Dean Moss said.
“This was a good solution for both of us,” Moss said. “Once we got down into it, it went very smoothly. Everybody came out of it thinking it was a good deal and they’d gotten pretty much what they wanted.”
County engineers are working out of the United Way building while the county relocates staff. The arrangement is expected to be temporary, with the county tearing down the building when it’s no longer needed.
After the gas station, all that would remain to buy and tear down is a Wendy’s fast food restaurant. There is no progress acquiring that business yet, Moss said.
The priority is on clearing the acquired sites, planting new grass and removing shrubs and trees that obstruct views.
Boundary Street project leaders have prioritized the marsh views.
Steel cables replaced wooden rails when the initial design of a boardwalk blocked the tidal creek from passing drivers. Another stretch of the boardwalk is under construction.