A neighborhood of townhouses is set to pop up early next year on land east of the Bluffton Promenade, according to one of the project's developers.
A "pocket neighborhood" of 36 townhouses, to be called Kirk's Bluff, will be developed on the corner of Goethe Road and Hildebrand Street, developer Jim Moore said.
Moore said he hopes to have three model townhouses on the property by Christmas to show prospective buyers.
The namesake for Kirk's Bluff is James Kirk, a key figure in Bluffton's early history. Kirk helped lay out the town's streets, raised money to build the Church of the Cross and founded the town's first school, which later became May River Academy, Moore said.
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The townhouse development will use roads and sidewalks built on the site for an earlier project that went into foreclosure. Moore's Bluewater Investment Group purchased the foreclosed land from a Minnesota company in November.
The townhouses will range in size from 1,771 to 2,207 square feet and have three to four bedrooms. All will have enclosed garages, and seven different floor plans will be offered, he said.
The homes are expected to cost $200,000 and up, offering a less expensive option in Old Town to a variety of residents, Mayor Lisa Sulka said.
The first homes will be finished by the first quarter of 2015, and the development should be sold out within two years, Moore said.
The project has been approved by the town, but some site and infrastructure work must be completed before construction on the models can start, Moore said.
The neighborhood will also have walking paths and a large stormwater retention pond with a fountain.
The development group is taking inquiries from potential homebuyers now, but Moore said no commitment for the homes is required until the models are finished. A website, kirksbluff.com, is expected to be launched within two weeks. Interested buyers can also call 843-290-3466 for information.
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