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HHI Town Council votes to rezone Main Street Inn

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The town of Hilton Head is moving forward with plans to turn the upscale Main Street Inn into a medical and behavioral services facility.

Council members voted 6-0 in favor of rezoning the property Tuesday night.

Behavioral Health Solutions is interested in using the 33 room inn as a short-term intake center for patients battling addictions and mental health disorders.

Some Main Street merchants who disagreed with the project didn't know about the vote until WTOC told them.

"It seemed like at that time, Main Street could have been so much more," said Mike Ruegamer, owner of Pyramids and Group 3.

Ruegamer helped design the Main Street Inn back in 1996.

"Every room was decorated differently, beautifully done with European style furnishings, they had a beautiful little breakfast room where they would serve specialty breakfast, they had weddings there, the back courtyard is just absolutely gorgeous," he said.

Ruegamer didn't know about Tuesday night's vote and still believes this could drive customers away.

"Maybe it's good, maybe it's not, just doesn't seem like it's the right thing for down the road," he added.  

Behavioral Health Solutions operates several facilities across the United States. Town council members say a business like this will help spur economic development.

"We look at it as more as ‘how can Hilton Head be not just a resort site but also help those individuals who have some type of addiction or some type of medical issue?' Once it's all said and done, they'll be surprised how well it will mesh," said Marc Grant, a Councilmember for the Town of Hilton Head Island.

There's still a second reading left before the decision is final, which will happen on Jan. 21  at 4 p.m.

A representative from Behavioral Health Solutions will be there to answer questions.

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