Beaufort News

Proposed downtown Beaufort hotel would target conventions, large events

Scott/Port Republic Street Inn preliminary renderings.
Scott/Port Republic Street Inn preliminary renderings. 303 Associates

A large hotel visualized for downtown Beaufort would command half a city block.

The hotel, a project of 303 Associates planned for the corner of Scott and Port Republic streets, would be three stories high, have 70 rooms and include ground-floor commercial space and possible parking, according to plans submitted to the city’s historic review panel.

The building would be another in a series of changes to the area that is a block off Bay Street.

Developer Dick Stewart, of 303 Associates, envisions an area able to host major state conventions and other large events.

“There are groups that would like to come here and would need more rooms than are available in the downtown area,” Stewart said. “And this would allow us to attract those groups.”

In addition to the hotel, a smaller 12-room building is planned for Craven Street, and Stewart has recently pitched a 496-space parking garage on Craven, Charles and Port Republic streets. Stewart’s Beaufort Inn and event space Tabby Place are within the same blocks.

Beaufort’s Historic District Review Board offered some suggestions on design and asked that the plans be brought back at another meeting for initial approval.

Stewart said he hopes to have approval by the first quarter of next year to begin the permitting process.

Building the hotel will require parking, he said. Construction would gobble up the 55 spaces currently in the lot, and the hotel would create demand for about 80 more.

A parking garage would allow for a garden space at the hotel instead of parking spaces, Stewart said.

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen