With the spring season approaching, changes in the business climate are happening. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, mergers, planned projects, closings and grand openings.
• Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, Highway 278, Hardeeville. The party continues at this Buffet-inspired active adult community with the grand opening of the Latitude Town Center from noon to 4 p.m. March 7. A new model park with 13 models will open as well, including villas, single-family homes and new cottages.
Town Center includes a thatched-roof bandshell, full-size concert stage with projection screen, and a large area for dancing. There is also a fitness center, lagoon-style pool, restaurant and bar.
The new cottages include four models ranging from 1,204 to 1,466 square feet. Villas range from 1,503 go 1,862 square feet, and the homes are 1,684 to 2,564 square feet.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is planned for 3,000 homes.
The grand opening party is free and open to the public. Town Center is located at 3295 Latitude Blvd., Hardeeville. Sales center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• Miland Bluff, at Highway 170 and Pritcher Point Road, Bluffton. National homebuilder Pulte Homes plans to build a resort-style, master planned community of 330 one- and two-story units. Twelve new home designs, featuring 1,588 to more than 3,000 square feet, are planned. The homes, which will be priced from the mid $200,000s, will be available with three to five bedrooms and two to four bathrooms, with two-car garages.
Inside the gated community, homeowners will enjoy a swim club, a waterfront park, a party pavilion, fire pits and a dry dock for water activities. The homes will feature open floor plans, outdoor porches and interior high-tech options.
"Buyers of all interests will find plenty of new home choices in Malind Bluff, as well as spectacular nature, a bounty of amenities and a great Lowcountry location convenient to downtown Savannah, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island," said Carter Faucette, general sales manager for Pulte Homes.
A grand opening is planned for the fall.
• Wright Family Park, 111 Calhoun St., Bluffton. This 1.27-acre property with 188 feet of May River frontage sits across the street from the iconic Church of the Cross. It has been undergoing major transformations of landscaping and infrastructure since the town bought the site for $1.5 million in 2017. It's expected to open in the late spring.
The antebellum Squire Pope House on the property, a survivor of the the "Burning of Bluffton" in 1863, will be restored for a projected cost of $1 million.
• StoneWorks, 28 Hunter Road, Hilton Head Island. This island mainstay since 1987 is moving its operation to Port Royal. The business cuts and finishes stone projects of marble, granite, stone and quartz for homes and businesses from Kiawah Island to Savannah. It will move into a 37,000-square-foot facility on Robert Smalls Parkway in the spring.
• New Riverside Village, Bluffton. Bluffton Town Council approved the initial master plan last month of a 35-acre site that would include a village of homes, shops, and parks and recreation opportunities. Ten of the proposed 136 residential units would be designated as "affordable housing," according to the developer AVTEX Commercial Properties Inc.
The New Riverside Village would be located at the southeast corner of New Riverside Road and Route 46.
• Live Oak Performing Arts Center, Bluffton Village, Bluffton. Live Oak Christian Church and Main Street Youth Theatre are teaming up to build a 400-seat venue to host a variety of live productions and local civic organizational events. The facility also will serve as the church's home.
Court Atkins Design Group in Bluffton has been hired to deliver the architectural plan for the 17,000-square-foot facility. Fundraising campaigns for the projected $5 million project are underway.
Grand openings, ribbon cuttings and closings:
• Frankie Bones, 64 Discovery Drive, Bluffton, Feb. 12. The popular Hilton Head restaurant opened a second location off Buckwalter Parkway near Kroger; a ribbon cutting was held Feb. 26. The American Italian eatery specializes in steaks, chops, seafood and pasta, with appetizers, flatbreads, soups and salads, desserts, a dozen side dishes and an assortment of cocktails, wines and beers.
The latest offering in the SERG portfolio presents a 5,400-square-foot interior with seating for 250, a private event room that seats 80, catering services and "grab and go" options. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Underground Burrito, 68 Bluffton Road, Suite 6, Bluffton, Feb. 1. Like easy takeout Mexican food that's made fresh daily? This new place serves hot dishes ready to eat and refrigerated dishes to take home and serve later. Seven burritos are on the menu for $7.95 apiece for breakfast and lunch. There is no seating.
• Bluffton Business Expo, 1050 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, Feb. 12. The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce partnered with Staples to host a Bluffton Business Expo that highlighted some of the town's small businesses. Local entrepreneurs connected with one another and the community and presented demonstrations of their goods and services.
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