Plans for North Strand town center move forward

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As a new shopping center makes its way to the Grand Strand, many are wondering how the development will affect them.

The Robbers Roost Town Center was designed to take a vacant golf course off of Highway 17 and turn it into a gateway destination for the North Strand area.

The North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission went over the latest details of the plan Tuesday, while some people living near the site are concerned about how the new development will affect the community.

"There would be a lot more people coming in up there," said Shirley Clark, who lives in the Shadow Moss subdivision."And Shadow Moss is a very quiet place. And that's probably going to have to change some. So we just feel like we deserve security."

The more than 38 acre town center off of Highway 17 is designed to attract people into the area, and several stores and dining places are expected to grab your attention. Names like Marshalls, HomeGoods, a Panera Bread Co., and even a new Publix Grocery Store have been rumored to be moving in.

But the large scale plans have some, like Clark, living in nearby neighborhoods concerned. Neighbors worry once the businesses open, the traffic will move into the area at different hours.

As the plans move forward, others have a more optimistic looks.

"I think it's going to be wonderful to just be able to drive down in your golf cart and go shopping", said Peggy Clark with the Shadow Moss HOA. "I think our properties are going to improve, and it's just something exciting to look forward to just something new."

"It's important to keep the people informed," said Clark. "Let us voice our opinion, and let us work together. That's what this is all about. We need to work together."

This center has been in the works since 2009, but construction work could happen soon. Members of the HOA say after talks with developers, they feel the earliest you could see this development happen is in 2014.

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