Proposed housing passes rezoning

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A new development of affordable family housing in Myrtle Beach just took its first steps to becoming reality Friday.

"I have no doubt those apartments will be full before they're even built," said Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach Executive Director Adrian Weatherwax.

The apartment homes are proposed for a stretch of property along Robert M. Grissom Parkway. In a special meeting Friday morning, Myrtle Beach City Council members voted to rezone the area for low income housing.

"The new request is for about 5 acres, a size determined by the builder based on what incentives are available," said Lei Gainer, spokesperson for Burroughs & Chapin Company, the owner of the property. "As Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. understands it, the builder plans to build the third phase of Bradley Bay and any tax credits associated with that will be awarded to the builder."

Weatherwax says feedback from the community has shown a desperate need for more affordable housing in the Myrtle Beach community is a welcome addition. "It's so expensive just to get into and maintain an apartment or house," she said.

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