Hilton Head council not yet sold on new apartment proposal

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Councilmembers on Hilton Head are examining a new apartment complex proposal for property currently housed by a school.

A developer has offered to buy up the Hilton Head Christian Academy’s property when the school moves to a new building in Bluffton next year.

The proposal shows the apartments would cost between $1,200 to $2,400 a month, which, according to workforce housing consultants, is too high.

Affordable housing on the island has long been an issue, and a plan to tackle it head on has been in the works for months.

Councilmembers are undecided if the price tag on the proposed apartments could help or hurt their effort to attract employees for hospitals, schools and restaurants in the area.

“I think one of the most important questions before our community is how much more are we going to pour from this (affordable housing), and how much more are we going to pour from that (market rate housing),” Councilman David Aames said. “The community has to answer the question, which is more important for the long term prosperity and quality of life for Hilton Head Island?”

The council did not vote on Tuesday but has decided to send all of their questions to the Public Planning Committee for further discussion.

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