Beaufort News

Two empty buildings torn down on Boundary Street

Boundary Street was rid of two vacant, derelict buildings last week, one that housed a gas station and the other a cab company.

Property owner Tom Davis said he hired contractors to demolish both buildings, tear out the old parking lot, remove an island that once held gas pumps and clean the property.

The site "had been vandalized and the windows had been busted out," said Davis, an attorney and Republican state senator from Beaufort. "It really wasn't functional anymore."

Davis said he has no immediate plans for the property.

The former S.C. Employment Security Commission Workforce Center building on the lot will be leased, Davis said.

The buildings are in the heart of Beaufort's uptown district.

The former gas station closed more than 20 years ago. A car repair shop operated from the site after that but closed about 15 years ago, Davis said. The building has been empty since.

The other structure housed a cab company, which moved out about eight years ago, Davis said.

"The buildings don't have any historical significance," Davis said. "We just wanted to remove them so they're not sitting there derelict, inviting vagrants and other issues."

A representative from the Beaufort planning department could not be reached Thursday for comment on the demolition.

OTHER ACTIVITY

Other recent openings, closings and changes in the area:

  • The former Employment Security Commission building apparently will be filled by De Ja Vu Upscale Resale, which will move from Bay Street to Beaufort's uptown district next month, according to its owners.
  • The consignment store, which opened at 913 Bay St. in August, will close in early February and reopen Feb. 10 at 914 Boundary St., owner Danny Kinard said.

    With a 3,200-square-foot building -- about 400 square feet larger than the Bay Street store -- De Ja Vu plans to carry more furniture and home accessories, Kinard said.

    Owners also hope the uptown district will appeal more to locals -- those who bring in consignments and frequently shop for deals -- than Bay Street has, Kinard said.

    "It's about 90 percent tourists and 10 percent locals downtown," he said. "Our business is consignment, and we need 90 percent locals, 10 percent tourists."

  • The recently posted 35 mph speed limit on Savannah Highway will revert to 45 mph once contractors finish a road-widening project there, Beaufort County officials said last week.
  • Colin Kinton, county traffic and transportation engineer, said drivers requested that the S.C. Department of Transportation slow traffic in the area.

    "Construction efforts have intensified in recent months in that area, so we wanted to provide a safer environment for the workers and public," Kinton said.

    The work is one of several road projects funded in part by a temporary penny sales tax approved by county voters in 2006.

    Rob McFee, director of the county's Engineering and Infrastructure Division, said the widening and resurfacing project was scheduled to have been completed last month but was slowed by weather and issues with utilities.

    McFee said the county hasn't set a new completion date.

  • A recently opened Port Royal store offers FedEx, U.S. Postal Service, UPS, fax and color-copy services.
  • Goin' Postal opened in October at 864 Parris Island Gateway Suite F in the Shoppes at Midtown, owner Darryl Gardner said.

    The store also provides check-cashing services, Gardner said.

    Goin' Postal is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Details: 843-655-0379

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