Study says 16,000 workers come onto Hilton Head to work. Here’s why
A neighborhood off Marshland Road is about to expand by eight houses, according to application materials filed with the Town of Hilton Head Island design review board.
They’re part of a 20-home neighborhood on Alex Patterson Road, and construction on the new homes will take about six months, according to developer Edward Flynn.
Although the houses are very close to the Habitat for Humanity site off Marshland Road, the two developments are not related, according to Patricia Wirth, the president of Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity.
Flynn said the new homes will be the same style and similar colors as the 12 that already sit on the three plots of land.
The new, four-bedroom homes are already rented to those entities as well, Flynn said.
The design review board will hear the application Tuesday afternoon to determine whether the houses are consistent with island character and whether the density is appropriate.
Preliminary construction on the sites began Monday, Flynn said.
Housing, rentals for the workforce on Hilton Head
The homes on Alex Patterson Road are the latest in recent housing developments aimed at the workforce following the release of a report by a town-hired affordable housing consultant in April.
In May, the local development firm The Richardson Group opened a dorm-style housing development in a former office building on Park Lane on the south end.
That building was rented through a master lease with a nearby employer, according to Lee Lucier with the Richardson Group.
New York-based developers are also trying to build between 260 and 300 apartments at the site of Hilton Head Christian Academy on Gardner Drive once the school moves to Bluffton.
That project is not specifically geared toward the workforce, but representative Emmanuel Neuman said the group likely would reserve about 10 percent of the units for local workers.
In order for that project to take root, Spandrel Development Partners needs a request for rezoning the area to be approved. The planning commission hears that request once again on Wednesday.