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Affordable housing, children's academy considered for Fred Nash Blvd

The Palmetto Academy would be located near Highway 17 Bypass and Fred Nash Boulevard. The Palmetto Academy would be located near Highway 17 Bypass and Fred Nash Boulevard.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A developer who the City of Myrtle Beach has worked with in the past would like to build an affordable housing apartment complex off Fred Nash Boulevard. 

Mark Kruea, City of Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer, says appearance-wise, the affordable housing units would look like any other apartment complex. He adds there are no definite plans in the works right now, but the apartments are one of many ideas for the land.

"In envisioning redevelopment of the former Air Force Base, we've always contemplated a full range of housing opportunities, including affordable housing, among the thousands of acres," confirms Kruea.

[View the Affordable Housing Resolution PDF.doc]

While land just off of Fred Nash Boulevard may be considered for the affordable housing units, the city's Planning Director says the land where the Myrtle Beach International Technology & Aerospace Park sits is not designed for housing of any kind.

"Housing is not a permitted use in ITAP. The CRDP recognition for the  ITAP site is intended to proactively provide local government support for any funding or investment opportunity that might bring new jobs and industry that compliments the land use regulation in place in  the site's master plan," states Jack Walker, Planning Director. 

At Tuesday's City Council in Myrtle beach, City Council members voted to approve a resolution paving the way for low income housing to be built in the area. Kruea reiterates, however, that the housing is just one of many option considered for the space.

The Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board also viewed plans for a new education facility near Fred Nash Boulevard on Thursday. The property developers hope to build the "Palmetto Academy," which, according to preliminary blueprints would include classes for children, aged infant to 4th grade.

City of Myrtle Beach Construction Director Bruce Boulineau says the Community Appearance Board was pleased with the preliminary plans.

"[The] Community Appearance Board really liked the looks of it," Bolineau says. "They're very pleased with the look of it."

Boulineau says the CAB suggested some minor changes, including aesthetic changes to landscaping and air conditioning, which should be addressed in the final plans for the academy.

The Palmetto Academy would be located near Highway 17 Bypass and Fred Nash Boulevard. Boulineau says no timeline has been set for either project.

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