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Beaufort parking garage plans head for historic review panel

A conceptual drawing for a proposed parking garage viewed from Craven and West streets in Beaufort.
A conceptual drawing for a proposed parking garage viewed from Craven and West streets in Beaufort.

Plans for a private parking garage in downtown Beaufort will go before the city’s historic review panel Wednesday morning.

Developer Dick Stewart has proposed the three-story garage, which would include four floors and 496 spaces at Port Republic, Charles and Craven streets. The Historic District Review Board will consider the garage proposal at 10 a.m. Wednesday in City Hall.

The parking would support employees and guests of Beaufort Inn and Tabby Place on Port Republic. Beaufort Inn plans to add another 12-room building, and Stewart distributed a rendering this month for a 75-room hotel at Scott and Port Republic streets.

“At some point, we’ve got to have more parking,” Stewart said at a meeting Aug. 5 to present the garage.

Last year, a city committee recommended 500 parking spaces eventually be added downtown.

A garage is on a list of capital projects that would be funded by a possible 1-percent sales tax referendum in November. The city hired a consultant to evaluate possible sites for the garage.

Stewart said his proposed garage is not meant to solve downtown parking issues.

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen

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