New Hotel for Port Royal


Extended-stay hotel heading to Shell Point

Apr 18, 2008

By ALEXIS GARROBO – Beaufort Gazette

Port Royal’s Midtown Village on Parris Island Gateway may soon offer more plants and put up more people.

The town’s Design Review Board approved at a special meeting Thursday two proposals at Midtown, one for a 82-room extended-stay Candlewood Suites hotel and gave preliminary approval to a development next to it that will include a garden shop. Both would be located between the Bi-Lo and Praise Assembly Church.

The board gave final approval, 4-1, to the national-chain hotel plan presented by owner Billy Gavigan and architect Tom Michaels. The hotel is part of the 33,000-square-foot retail, office and restaurant development, Citadel Plaza, that was approved at last week’s meeting.

Gavigan said the revised plan for the hotel has more parking spaces than code requires, which was the primary reason the hotel was not approved last week with the rest of the project.

“I think it would make it nicer in (the complex),” Gavigan said.

The only stipulation attached to final approval was that the developer include a sidewalk and landscaped areas to beautify the complex. The project still has to obtain necessary permits before construction begins.

The hotel is expected to open by late 2009 or early 2010, according to the proposal.

“The hotel would be the closest hotel to Parris Island (which is) the largest generator of overall and extended-stay hotel demand,” according to the proposal. Gavigan said military personnel and their families probably will constitute most of the hotel’s clients.

The board also gave preliminary approval to a development that will include Garden Gate Nursery, which is moving from 2513 Boundary St.

Board members suggested having two smaller buildings in the development face the gateway.

The board had to compromise in terms of the nursery’s proximity to the gateway. Owners Greg and Margie Fox requested a longer setback for security and unloading. The developer, Mark Nixon, said Garden Gate needed one entrance to manage its inventory effectively.

The development proposal will go before the board at its next meeting May 1 for final approval.


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