In June of 2012, the Town of Hilton Head unanimously backed the plan presented by Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial Real Estate to redevelop the Shelter Cove Mall into Shelter Cove Towne Centre - a vibrant part of the Hilton Head Island economy and community culture. Demolition of the existing building began in January 2013 and by February 12th; the Town of Hilton Head Island gave final approval to Wood+Partners, Inc. and architectural firms MSTSD, Lee & Parker, Tom Crews Architects on their design for the mixed use project. Boasting 295,000 SF of retail and restaurant space anchored by Kroger and Belk, 210 luxury apartments, and a 5-acre linear waterfront park, the rejuvenated area will provide both residents and vacationers with a unique outdoor shopping and residential experience in a park-like atmosphere.
Unlike the mall structure, which had turned its back on the Broad Creek, the transfigured land use moves the River Street off the marsh, making way for Hilton Head’s first public Waterfront Park. The planned Main Street runs perpendicular to 278, subdivides the property into a walk-able, pedestrian scale shopping center, and provides views to the marshes of Broad Creek from the Highway 278. Because Shelter Cove Towne Centre is centrally located on the island, new civic open spaces will serve as prime locations for community events such as concerts, festivals, and firework displays. Other than providing enjoyment of the Broad Creek and ideal waterfront event space, a new waterfront park will offer residents and visitors walking and biking trails which connect Broad Creek to Burke’s Beach and other existing trail systems on the island.
Phase one of the development is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.