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Tybee Demolition Debate

Area of Tybrisa before demolition Area of Tybrisa before demolition

A staled development project on Tybee Island and it's creating quite an eyesore for tourists.

News 3's Brittany Shane is following the story and is digging deeper for answers.

It all began after construction plans were approved earlier this year, for reconstruction of the Island Style site off Tybrisa Street in Tybee.

Construction began on the site, followed by some demolition, when the City of Tybee came along and halted the project, saying there was no plan to demolish the building. now the site sits empty, and there's no telling if or when this plan will move forward.

Last month the City of Tybee placed a stop work order on the construction at the old Island Style building.... but why?

"I think it was because there was not a demolition permit that was pulled. That's what I'm hearing from the city, and we've been trying to work with them to get them moving on their project because their goal is to open up at the beginning of the season," said Wanda Doyle.

But we did a little digging and spoke with lawyers for the developer, who say that's not the case.

"We take the position that all of our plans are very clear. There is a specific sheet that's called demolition plan, and it's unfortunate that it was not considered the same way and we intended it. And that is perhaps the miscommunication here," said Harold Yellin, attorney for the developers.

Now, the developers are going back through the entire process because of the demolition, as "new construction" trying to get reapproved for their project.

"When they came to the city, they said you need a new construction permit and site plan to get this process rolling and and get it completed," said Doyle.

And while it seems that everyone is trying to get folks back to work, it remains that if developers don't get all the permits needed, the project may never be completed, and it's already costing hundreds of thousands of dollars just sitting there.

"Costs are probably in the hundreds of thousands of dollars been spent already in terms of the demolition to date. And the materials that have been ordered, if in fact this does not improve soon, it is likely that the shops will not be open for summer of 2013, which could be devastating, I think would be devastating for the owner and the tenants," said Yellin.

The developers have already been back to the planning and zoning comission and will now go before the City Council at its next meeting April 11th to try and get this project back on track.

Stay tuned to WSAV as we develop this story

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