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Work begins on MB Convention Center expansion

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Work is already underway to construct the $12 million expansion to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Myrtle Beach City Council approved the project in July, and things have been moving fast as workers cleared the 20 acres behind the convention center to smooth out the land so it's ready for construction. Those involved with the project are getting as much preliminary work done as they can so the building construction can get started as soon as possible.

The convention center general manager tells WMBF News he is already securing events at the facility, and the faster the project gets done, the faster more business will come to the area.

"There's no need to slow it down," said Paul Edwards. "This is something they've been talking about for quite a while now, and there's no need to not get it started and that's what we like to do. We like to fast-pace things."

WMBF got a first look at some of the conceptual designs for the 100,000 square foot indoor sports facility. There will be a pedestrian walkway from the original convention center building leading up to the front entrance that is filled with windows. There will also be two large retention ponds out front to separate the building from the parking lot. Inside there will be eight basketball courts that can be turned into 16 volleyball courts, plus rock climbing walls and concession stands.

The conceptual designs are subject to change as local architects are now working on the specifics of the design. The project is slated to be finished in early 2015, but the work happening over the next couple of months will better determine when the building will be up and running.

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