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Preliminary design approval given to Hilton hotel in Beaufort

This rendering shows a proposed Hilton Home2 Suites in Beaufort.
This rendering shows a proposed Hilton Home2 Suites in Beaufort. Submitted rendering

One Hilton hotel brand may soon have presence on both sides of the Broad River.

On Thursday, the Beaufort Design Review Board gave preliminary approval to a 107-room, four-story Home2 Suites proposed for a 2.15-acre site. The 62,000-square-foot building is planned for the corner of Parris Island Gateway and County Shed Road. Submitted plans to the city include an outdoor pool between the hotel and the parking lot.

The project is part of an area described in the 2014 Civic Master Plan as a "prominent external edge for infill development." It is part of the zoned Burton Industrial Area.

Suggested modifications from city staff include articulating the facade of the building on all four sides, changes to vehicular and pedestrian circulation, and adding more details to the overall design.

The primary proposed material for the hotel is brick, with stucco and some stone incorporated in accent pieces. Board member Jane Frederick noted that stone isn't typical for the Lowcountry and should possibly be reconsidered. Additionally, staff suggested simplifying the palette to three colors.

A tree survey, traffic impact analysis, lighting plan and landscape plan will be required for the project to receive final design approval.

The board inquired whether the updated hotel plan should address layout of nearby parcels for future development.

"We're just working on the hotel parcel at this point," said project manager Greg Baisch of Ward Engineering. He indicated future development for the area is likely.

Baisch and architect Tom Michaels said the hotel is on track to be developed in 2016.

The hotel is the second of its kind proposed in the county. A 99-room, four-story Home2 Suites is planned for 1 Marina Side Drive on Hilton Head Island.

Home2 Suites, a 2009 addition to the Hilton portfolio, is a mid-tier, extended-stay lodging option.

Follow reporter Ashley Fahey at twitter.com/IBPG_Ashley.

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