Upcoming votes could allow new home building along Farrow Parkway

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach City Council members took a tour Wednesday of two areas off Farrow Parkway where local investors want to develop new residential communities.

The investment group called Farrow Parkway Investments, LLC, needs permission from the city because the proposed plan is not exactly what the city approved for the Withers Preserve area when Market Common was being developed.

Councilman Wayne Gray said he thought the tour was a helpful way to understand the current proposal.

"You really just get out there and see how this is going to interact with Farrow Parkway or with Coventry Boulevard or with Fred Nash Boulevard," Gray said.

The original plan called for homes close together and close to sidewalks, with detached garages in the back and rear access alleys. Communities that followed the guidelines also had public spaces to foster a community feel.

Some developments followed the guidelines, but others have also successfully asked for rezoning to allow for a different type of home and lot.

Farrow Parkway Investments hopes to join the communities that have gotten rezoning approval to build homes with front yards and attached garages that face the street.

"We don't want to planning design or planning standards that aren't responsive to what the market is 'cause then nothing occurs," Gray said. "So we're trying create a happy blend that allows this project to move forward."

The investors and the city planning commission did come to a compromise on some of the zoning. So the development plan has been revised, and the commission has now recommended it.

City council members now have two votes to decide if the plan is acceptable to them. They are expected to make those votes at the next two city council meetings.

Farrow Parkway Investments' proposal first came to the city in December. The investors want to build 350-370 new homes on the south side of Farrow Parkway between US Highway 17 Bypass and the Emmens Preserve community. The plan also includes about 150 homes in a new community on the north side of Farrow Parkway between the county's aerospace park and Emmens Preserve.

At least some of the land was to be included in the Withers Preserve residential development, but those plans never came to fruition.

Now national real estate developer Beazer Homes has recently put up signs on the north side of Farrow, showing the company's expectation to partner with Farrow Parkway Investments and build in the area.

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