Hotel gets first nod from council
The impact assessment for the Wilson Plan Tract Development near Mount Pleasant Towne Centre was approved by Mount Pleasant Town Council Tuesday night. The plan calls for a 100 room hotel near the shopping center.
Council included two conditions with their approval to include that a small roundabout should be constructed on Market Center Boulevard at its intersection with the accesses road to Lowes and Towne Centre closest to Hungryneck Boulevard. The second condition states that the two existing bus stops in and near Towne Centre should be improved to be bus shelters. The amendment to the zoning still needs final reading which is scheduled for next month. This addresses the building height of the hotel and reductions to the buffer and setback along Hungryneck.
The developers are doing some initial work in preparation for the Belk expansion but work will cease for a period of time around October through Christmas and then pick back up after the holidays.
The impact assessment also called for increasing the maximum height for a hotel use from 35 feet to 65 feet, measured to the eave; by increasing the maximum height for a parking structure from 35 feet to 42 feet; by modifying the required building and parking structure setback from Hungryneck Boulevard; and by allowing all parking spaces (beyond the maximum required) to be paved, rather than pervious.
The Wilson Tract Planned Development is a large Planned Development District that includes many of the subdivisions along Rifle Range Road and the Isle of Palms Connector, as well as Towne Centre and Lowes. It was originally approved in 1986 and was amended in 1995 and again in 1997 to add Towne Centre and Lowes.
The entire project is subject to commercial design review approval. Some elements of the conceptual plan may change as a result of this review.
The traffic analysis for the proposed development anticipated the generatation of new and primary trips to be:
• 1,754 Daily trips
• 68 a.m. peak hour trips
• 154 p.m. peak hour trips