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Update: Gallery of Shops on Hilton Head likely to be redeveloped in 2016

This rendering shows a proposed site plan to redevelop the Gallery of Shoppes at Sea Pines Center on Hilton Head Island.
This rendering shows a proposed site plan to redevelop the Gallery of Shoppes at Sea Pines Center on Hilton Head Island. Submitted image

Another retail plaza on the south end of Hilton Head Island may soon undergo revitalization.

The Gallery of Shops, near the Sea Pines traffic circle at 14 Greenwood Drive, is expected to be redeveloped in 2016, according to project architect James Atkins, a partner at Bluffton-based Court Atkins Architects.

"We've taken our first step in the project," Atkins said Monday. Atkins met with Town of Hilton Head officials Monday in a pre-application meeting to discuss preliminary plans.

The project calls for demolition and rebuilding of the center, which is currently two stories and occupies 18,500 square feet of space.

"It's a nonconforming structure with LMO standards," Atkins said, using the acronym for the town's land-management ordinance. The town now requires all properties to conform to LMO design and building standards. "Many structures built a long time ago no longer fit regulations," he said.

Proposed upgrades to the Gallery of Shops to conform to LMO standards include increased landscape and buffer along the building perimeter, Atkins said. The project would also reduce the center's footprint. Instead of two stories, the new structure is expected to have three, with the same amount of square footage.

Adding a bicycle network and working through parking regulations with Island Crossing, the larger mixed-use development behind the Gallery of Shops, will also be addressed, Atkins said. The center is considered part of that commercial network.

The new building's design is expected to have a "Lowcountry vernacular," he said.

The Gallery of Shops project mirrors similar revitalization efforts on Hilton Head, most notably the Pineland Station redevelopment, which Atkins is also working on. Additionally, the Graves Warehouse on Dunnagans Alley, around the corner from the Gallery of Shops, is expected to be redeveloped to include retail shops and a restaurant.

There are at least 10 tenants at the Gallery of Shops, many of which have been divided up into small offices, Atkins said. One tenant, the Art Cafe, will move into the second floor of a building at 5 Lagoon Road this winter.

The proposed redevelopment would create space for three larger tenants instead of several smaller ones in the new center, which would still be mixed-use and would likely house a restaurant. Atkins said one tenant would occupy about 4,000 square feet, and two would occupy about 7,000 square feet.

No tenants have yet been confirmed for the new center, Atkins said.

The next step is to formalize a design plan. Atkins estimated the project would be discussed again in early 2016, with construction hopefully underway in the first or second quarter next year.

Craig Bright of Bluffton-based real-estate developer BNC Holdings, which owns the Gallery of Shops, declined to comment on the proposed center redevelopment.

Follow reporter Ashley Fahey at twitter.com/IPBG_Ashley.

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