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A study commissioned by the Town of Hilton Head Island shows those earning $25,000 or less can't afford to live on Hilton Head.
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A study commissioned by the Town of Hilton Head Island shows those earning $25,000 or less can't afford to live on Hilton Head.

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.

Currently, those homes are rented by the the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and the Sea Pines Resort for their workers, Flynn said.

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Houses on Alex Patterson Road on Hilton Head Island. The homes are being rented by employes such as The Sea Pines Resort and The Westin for workforce housing. Town of Hilton Head Island design review board application

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.

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Town of Hilton Head Island design review board application

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.

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The new workforce development building at One Park Lane on Hilton Head Island. The 8,800-square foot building has two five-bedroom units and one ten-bedroom unit. JR Richardson Group Submitted

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.

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The most current plan for the Hilton Head Christian Academy campus by Spandrel Development Partners. A previous application to rezone the site for 300 apartments was withdrawn after two hours of public comment on the issue on April 2. Spandrel Development Partners, released.

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.

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Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.

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