The Patriots Point Board has nixed a plan to develop more than 3,000 homes, a hotel and restaurants on the hundreds of acres of unused land on the historic museum’s property in Mt. Pleasant. Patriots Point needs to pay back the state more than $9 million it borrowed to repair the USS Laffey two years ago.
The financially struggling museum is looking at ways to make more money. One plan– to develop a community with homes, restaurants and hotels–is a no-go. The Patriots Point Board has decided the plan would be too difficult due to zoning issues. However, another idea came about this week in a board meeting–to scale-down the development to just 36 acres, adding a hotel, restaurants and a visitor’s center.
The board has not approved any plan yet, hoping to find an economically beneficial solution soon.