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RAW VIDEO: Demolition company brings down first of several buildings

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Crews began demolishing an old apartment building in Myrtle Beach last weekend – this is the first of several older buildings coming down to make room for the new.

"We're putting a new image on Myrtle Beach," Said D.H. Griffin Supervisor Blake Watson.  "Going get rid of the old, in with the new."

The demolition is being handled by D.H. Griffin, the same company that worked on the World Trade Center towers after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

This weekend, crews began to bring down the Beach View Towers, located on Ocean Boulevard near 22nd Avenue North. They are working to complete the demolition and clean up the site this week. WMBF News viewer Annette Swain sent raw video footage of the building coming down.

Mobile users can view the video here: http://bit.ly/16QWQBN 

Watson said it has been years since his company worked a project like this here in Myrtle Beach.

"We took a hit about 2008 and had to do some layoffs but all in all its progressing back and doing pretty good," Added Watson.

Going up in the Beach View Towers place, will be a Hilton Grand Vacation Club.  It will cost an estimated $41.5 million to build and should be completed by summer 2015.

The developer said the Hilton Grand Vacation Club will have a more specific name to be released at a later date.  It will have more than 200 hotel rooms and timeshares.

City of Myrtle Beach Spokesperson Mark Kruea said this type of redevelopment is a great sign for Myrtle Beach.

"I think it's a good sign that the advertising the Chamber of Commerce has done on behalf of the destination is working so that we're pulling out of the recession with hopeful signs for the economy," Added Kruea.

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