MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The chunk of land between Myrtle Waves Water Park and 21st Avenue could be rezoned as "highway commercial" for the purpose of developing a shopping center.
Discussions about the development took place Monday at a Myrtle Beach Planning Commission technical review committee meeting. It's almost 35 acres of land which includes a lot of woods and the abandoned Phillips Seafood restaurant. Currently, the land is designated as an entertainment district, which means the only things that could be built would have to be something like another Broadway at the Beach or another tourist site.
The property owner, Burroughs and Chapin, requested Monday that it be rezoned as "highway commercial" for the purpose of developing a shopping center. Burroughs and Chapin also owns the Seaboard Commons area right across 17–Bypass. Currently, this new rezoning proposal is being called Seaboard Commons Phase Two.
"It's in the beginning stages right now," said Mark Kruea, the spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach. "As whatever the developer's plans progress, there will be drawings and illustrations that'll go to the community appearance board and then they'll get a building permit for it," Kruea said.
On Monday, no one on the technical review committee voiced any concerns or questions. So now the developers will come up with a more detailed plan to present to the planning commission and then to city council. It could take two months for the plans to go through both the planning commission and city council. Representatives from Burroughs and Chapin were at the meeting on Monday, but they did not want to give away any details yet as to what kind of stores we could potentially see.
Representatives with the city say development is all about finding a balance between what locals need and tourist want.
"We're a little town that looks like a big town, that feels like a big town," said Kruea. "And we welcome millions of visitors each year. So it's nice to have something new for them to come explore and experience. So it is important for us to get new projects, for us to redevelop older projects, so growth is good," Kruea said.
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The proposal for the Shriner's amusement park along Restaurant Row was also discussed on Monday. Committee members asked more questions about extra sound buffering and a bigger channel for parking. The rezoning request for that amusement park is also in the very early stages of the process.