The apartment push in northern Beaufort County is growing with a development recently breaking ground.
New apartments are planned on Ribaut Road across from Naval Heritage Park in Port Royal, town planning director Linda Bridges said. The development will include 48 units and is planned to provide workforce housing, she said.
The apartments will include two-bedroom and three-bedroom layouts. Four apartment buildings, a community building and a playground are planned, according to project documents.
Work to prepare the site has begun. The developers are seeking their building permits.
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The project joins plans for similar apartment developments nearby.
Another apartment complex aimed at working professionals is targeted for Pine Court and Ribaut in Beaufort. An apartment building aimed at college students is planned for Boundary Street in Beaufort. A price range wasn’t available Thursday.
Higher-end units are planned at Allison Road and Ribaut Road, a development also expected to include some retail and a possible parking garage to serve Beaufort Memorial Hospital and surrounding medical offices. Stainless steel appliances and granite countertops will be among the features of the 234 apartments, developer Sam Levin said.
Developers have targeted another high-end development off Parris Island Gateway in Wright’s Point on Battery Creek. Plans called for 272 apartments, boat dock, fire pit, pool, cabana and community garden.
Early designs presented last year received pushback from the town’s design review panel and residents who said the proposed buildings were too big and didn’t fit Port Royal’s zoning rules. The developers haven’t returned yet with revised plans, Bridges said.