Shopping plaza proposed for Palmetto Pointe Blvd.

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Residents living near Palmetto Pointe Boulevard could soon have a new place for light shopping, should plans for a small retail plaza receive approval from Horry County leaders.

Members of the Horry County Council have passed the first reading of a request to develop a 12,500 square foot shopping plaza along Palmetto Pointe Boulevard. The request proposed by Venture Engineering includes plans for a convenience store, laundromat, gas pumps and a restaurant.

"I think it could increase property values for some people by having that convenience store there," said Horry County Councilman Bob Grabowski who voted in favor of the project.

In addition to the retail center, the proposed plans call for road improvements that would allow for traffic to flow in and out of the complex. Despite the possibility of extra retail space near Palmetto Pointe, several neighbors have voiced concerns that it could cause additional traffic congestion and hurt property values.

"It's not conducive to family life," Pam Herra said, who opposes the construction. "It's 24/7 light, noise, danger, possible pollution, possible accidents and incredible traffic hazards."

Horry County Councilman Bob Grabowski contends the plans have the potential to help the area by giving residents close access to gas and convenience store items.

Grabowski said he has reviewed the plans from Venture Engineering and confirmed the blueprints are compliant with county code.

The request to develop the shopping plaza must pass through two additional readings by the Horry County Council.

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