Grand Dunes developers scrap plans for new homes

Grand Dunes development put on hold

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - WMBF News has exclusive new details on a development project in the Grand Strand that has now been put on hold. In the Grand Dunes area, land was cleared several months ago to build 42 new homes there, but the plans for this area have now been completely scrapped.

You may remember back in January, WMBF News Reporter Alex Holley worked on a story about plans to build a new subdivision on the eastern side of Grand Dunes Boulevard across from the current Cipriana Park subdivision. This would put new homes directly behind the Lowe's grocery store near 82nd Parkway. Now that the property has been sold, new land owners L Star Management, LLC exclusively tell WMBF News they are starting over with a clean slate for the stretch of land.

Instead of more homes, we could see more new businesses built behind the Lowes Shopping Center. Managing Partner Steve Vining says the area is a prime location for some commercial development.

"It's right on 17," said Vining, adding that the area has "high visibility, so it makes sense to look at all the different options for that piece of property."

Because of that, you can expect to see the land sit empty for a little while.  L Star Management, LLC works on more than 20 properties throughout South Carolina, but Vining says they want to take their time with this one.

Part of the reason for that is the Grand Dunes is such a large area to work with: nearly 700 acres. The entire area stretches from Oceanfront Property to the Intracoastal waterway. L Star took over the Grand Dunes property at the beginning of 2014, and even though it's been some months without any announcements, they insist they are working behind the scenes on future plans. On a project like this, they want to have a long "envisioning process" and explore all the potential possibilities, especially since there is so much interest in the Grand Dunes.

"We need to get it right the first time," explained Vining. "It's really important that we take our time now, and plan, and make sure we know what we're going to do before we do it."

Partners aren't confirming any specific plans right now. In the meantime, the Grand Dunes is working on building a brand new sales center for properties by the Marina Inn. The designs for the center are up for approval at the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board.

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