Politics & Government

Shelter Cove apartment work behind schedule

A color rendering of the Shelter Cove Apartments East #2 that was approved by the Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board in May, 2016.
A color rendering of the Shelter Cove Apartments East #2 that was approved by the Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board in May, 2016. Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial

With construction to build a total of 240 luxury apartments on Hilton Head Island more than two months behind, crews moved parking deck pylons into place Monday at the East 1 site in Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

Placement of the 200 pylons to support the parking deck was set to start in May and be completed by early July.

Instead, the deck now has a mid-September finish date.

A delay in submitting of plans to the town of Hilton Head Island is one reason the project is behind, said Phil Madhere, of Grand Oak Construction, the contractor for the job. He said developers also had to wait for approval from the town on the type of pylons used.

“We will get back on track and plan on still delivering the project on time,” Madhere said Monday.

The 335,000-square-foot building, which will house 136 apartments and is being built by Southeastern, is phase one of a two-phase plan. Phase one is planned for completion in November 2017.

Madhere said the second phase is set to start next month. It has no firm completion date, he said.

The building is one of two apartment complexes being built at Shelter Cove by Southeastern. Two calls and four emails seeking comment from Southeastern about the costs of the apartments were not returned.

Site work for the second building is expected to start this month, Madhere said.

Ann Cyran, town senior planner, said the second complex is in the final stages of the approval process with town staff. She said plans for the second complex show a 215,000-square-foot building with 104 units.

Together, the two complexes will cost more than $60 million, Madhere said.

The apartments are a part of the Shelter Cove redevelopment effort which began in 2013 with the opening of a new Kroger. Since then, other restaurants and shops have come to the location, including Wayback Burgers, World of Beer and Francesca’s.

Public criticism about initial plans for the buildings sparked political discussions. Much of the criticism revolved around parking concerns and the five-story height of the second building. The buildings were then reduced to four stories.

Mayor David Bennett said the developers were responsive to discussion he had with them. That discussion resulted in parking being added and its location moved to reduce traffic through the area.

“I feel the developer was very willing to work with us to help get it right,” Bennett said Monday. “My expectations is that this will be met positively by existing Hilton Head citizens and other snow birds.”

Teresa Moss: 843-706-8152, @TeresaIPBG