City meets to approve plans for large Hilton hotel

Rendering of the proposed Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Rendering of the proposed Hilton Grand Vacations Club

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There hasn't been new hotel construction in Myrtle Beach in years, and now the work that is about happen on Ocean Boulevard is evidence of a growing economy in the Grand Strand.

WMBF News now has the latest plans for what is expected to be the tallest high rise hotel in Myrtle Beach-- it will stand at 240 feet. The Hilton Grand Vacation Club will hold about 220 rooms for hotel stays and timeshares. The $41.5 million plans put the hotel, sales center, and parking garage near  21st Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.

On Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Council will have a special called meeting to help push the project, and its benefits forward. Developers have agreed to do more than $1 million worth of public infrastructure improvements including: wider sidewalks on Ocean Boulevard, some public parks, and more parking downtown near 23rd Avenue North. The new changes and landscaping plans will actually stretch all the way to Kings Highway. The city council meeting will be to look over the improvements proposal.

Whenever there are large-scale private investments downtown, City of Myrtle Beach Spokesperson Mark Kruea says there has to be a benefit to the public as well.

"Without this teamwork between the developer and the city, we wouldn't be able to afford one million and one hundred thousand dollars-worth of improvements there," explained Kruea. "So really, the developer is getting something in return and the city is getting something."

These improvements will tie in to other improvements made on Ocean Boulevard by other developments. The special city council meeting starts at 4 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach City Hall. Those working with the project want to have a construction permit in hand by December 1 in order to stay on schedule.

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