Progress slow but steady at site of Coastal Estates

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal Estates - a building complex promising state-of-the-art housing for Coastal Carolina students - which fell into disrepair, and was eventually condemned, is finally demolished.

Monday, March 24 was the first day that construction crews started removing debris from the demolished buildings, and taking it to a landfill. Construction crews said they finished the demolition last Thursday.

David Jordan, attorney for Chancel HRT, the builders and group who acquired the property when the original developer reportedly stopped paying them, to the tune of $3 million, says there is a local buyer for the property. That buyer should be announced in the next few weeks. The final paper work is being completed, though it's taking longer than hoped.

The Coastal Estates project was proposed for completion by the end of 2012, but as WMBF News reported in March 2013 those plans never came together. After the construction crews left, the seven buildings still standing on the property began to brown and fall apart, awaiting the day they would eventually be demolished..

Now, Jordan says the plans for the site are the exact same as when they started building Coastal Estates in 2012. Each buildings' foundation was never marred, and seven buildings were build, so there are seven foundation's on the property.

Those buildings will be rebuilt. The same plans are in place, for a state-of-the-art housing facility for CCU students. The community will be gated, each unit will have a telecom, with a fitness facility, pool, and larger-than-average floor plans.

In addition, where the property meets Highway 501, there will be a large building for retail businesses. Jordan says that will be about 27,000 square feet, and include from 4-6 businesses geared to attracting college students.

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