TOWN’S PLANS FOR REDEVELOPING CORDILLO TENNIS COURTS
(La Isla Magazine, April 2018) ~ HHI, SC. The four public tennis courts at the south end of Hilton Head have been a point of contention between the boards of Cordillo Courts and the Hedges property owners and the town because of the lack of maintenance service to the property. The property owners’ association has said on many occasions that the town-owned land is routinely the site of drug deals, illegal parking, and littering due the lack of security.
The owners association approached the town several times asking it to either fix up the courts or sell the 1.47-acre property to the complex, which considered turning them into green space. In December 2017, Town Council voted unanimously not to sell the property. Earlier in March, the Town of Hilton Head revealed their conceptual plans for one of the four tennis courts: it will be replaced by four youth tennis courts, which double as pickleball courts. More parking and a community building will also be added. According to Chris Darnell, urban designer for the town, a proposed 24-foot by 60-foot community building will have an office, restrooms, and meeting space for the community.
Despite the town moving forward with plans to redevelop the courts, the Sea Cabin Racquet Club II Horizontal Property Regime, which oversees Cordillo Courts, is suing the town for misusing the tennis courts, which were purchased from Dennis Van Der Meer in 2002. The suit was filed Feb. 28 in the Beaufort County Court of Common Pleas.