For $39,900, you never would have to park at airport again

June 14, 2007

Call it airport parking for the jet set.

A Colorado-based company plans to build a 210-unit garage complex near the intersection of Dorchester Road and Interstate 526. But unlike the operators of most pay-per-day lots, the developer, Airport Garages, plans to sell its parking spaces outright and shuttle owners to and from nearby Charleston International Airport.

The purchase comes with access to a clubhouse that will offer updated flight schedules and beverage service, as well as the ground transportation.

The concept is aimed partly at second-home owners who have property in places such as Kiawah Island, downtown Charleston and Isle of Palms, said Scott Rotermund, one of the partners in Airport Garages.

Prices range from $39,900 for a single stall to $109,900 for an 18-by-50-foot space that can hold about six sport utility vehicles. Owners also would pay a monthly maintenance fee of about $40.

In contrast, the airport's parking garage costs $12 per day.

The company said buyers like the fact that their vehicles are protected from the elements and in a secure environment.

The company compares its airport parking concept to the "dockominium" trend in which marina owners sell off boat slips instead of renting them, Rotermund said.

Airport Garages hopes to complete the North Charleston complex in early 2008.

The project is the company's first on the East Coast. The company already operates garages near Colorado ski resorts and in Salt Lake City.

At least one other company offers off-site parking for Charleston International. Park & Go opened in 2001 on West Montague Avenue. Its rates start at $7 a day.

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