MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Harrelson Boulevard, the roadway that goes past Coastal Grand Mall and the Whispering Pines Golf Course, is a new focus for future business development. The main reason is because it's the first road many people see when they leave the airport and drive in to Myrtle Beach.
Horry County Property Manager Jim Papadea says it may not look like much to drivers now with the large gaps of trees, but those areas along the roadway are perfect places for some new development.
Papadea says it's because of where the boulevard is located in the city. "You got an airport, and it's kind of in the hub of the city, you've got Market Commons, and you've got the Grand Mall. It's a lot going on over there," said Papadea.
The new area of focus on Harrelson Blvd. will be the chunk of land that starts from the new airport terminal, all the way to 17 Business. There's about 125 acres of open land to fill. Some of the ideas put on the table are gas stations, other commercial businesses and more manufacturing companies.
The momentum has already started, as just last week, German based laminating company Bausch-Linnemann announced its new headquarters will set up on Harrelson Blvd.
Horry County planners expect the roadway near the airport to get busier with time, and they think now is the time to plan to build on those expectations. People who come to the Grand Strand say they would like to see more businesses open doors there.
"That would be quite nice," said Cuther Townes, who travels to Myrtle Beach often. "Any kind of business is always nice. It enhances the community and the neighborhood."
All the talks are just in the beginning stages, so it may be months before official development plans are set for Harrelson Blvd. This will have to be an area-wide effort, as both Horry County and Myrtle Beach officials will have to work together to bring any plans to fruition.