I read with disbelief a story regarding the holdup on plans for an Olive Garden at Tanger 1 Outlet Center. The restaurant understandably wishes to build using stone in front and barrel tile on the roof, in keeping with the company's architectural style. The Southern Corridor Review Board objects.
The argument that stone is a foreign material to the Lowcountry is a weak one. We have brick, manufactured all over the world, and of course, we also have corrugated steel and aluminum siding. Stone has been used on many chimneys and homes.
There is a sea of stucco along U.S. 278, including some older structures that are one step above being classified as shacks. A differential in material would be a welcome change to the eye. In the past two years, Sun City Hilton Head has changed its style offerings on new homes to include a partial stone fa