Beaufort News

City of Beaufort mulls sale of public property

Some land owned by the city of Beaufort might soon be for sale.

Officials from the city and the Beaufort County Open Land Trust recently began identifying small or under-used parcels that could be sold, Mayor Billy Keyserling said.

"We are looking at these parcels of land and asking whether they serve a pubic purpose or are they just a maintenance hassle," Keyserling said. "Does anyone really use this pocket park, or is there another area where a park might be used by more people?"

Keyserling declined to specify which parcels might be considered for sale.

The city and the Open Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that preserves environmentally sensitive land and open space, recently worked with Beaufort County to buy two parcels on the eastern foot of the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge on Lady's Island.

The city contributed $250,000 toward the purchase, and Keyserling said proceeds from future sales of city-owned property could be used to make similar purchases.

"There's a small parcel of land on the other side of Pigeon Point Park that connects one side to the other," Keyserling said. "Would we be better off buying that piece of land or owning a small piece of land near the intersection of Prince and Charles streets ... that serves no real public purpose? All of this is about figuring out if there's a better way to manage our resources."