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160-home development to be built in Grande Dunes

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach residents will start seeing construction soon as 160 new homes are slated to be built in the Grande Dunes community in Myrtle Beach.

The new neighborhood will go in a completely undeveloped area at 62nd Avenue North and Marina Parkway. The Myrtle Beach Planning Commission recently approved the plans for the subdivision, which is more than 50 acres, and said this is the first in a chain of neighborhoods the land owner plans to be built at Marina Parkway.

That's a long way down the road though. Specific plans for additional neighborhoods haven't been announced yet. Right now, the design team is getting final approvals to start clearing out trees to put in roads that will connect the subdivision.

The city said the long-term plans include a walking trail along the Intracoastal Waterway, a public access trail that will connect to a lake or park. There's also discussion about putting in a trail to connect to the YMCA right beside the new neighborhood. The YMCA trail isn't set in stone, the city said it has only been discussed, though it is something the YMCA would love to see.

"When we first heard about the possibility of all these homes, in Phase I with all these residents, we're just really excited about looking forward about it," said Matt Dempski, the CEO YMCA of Coastal Carolina.

In addition, a large space was left on the design plans for potential commercial development on a plot beside 17 Bypass..

But for right now, the design team is working on finalizing permits to get construction underway for the new homes.

Construction, the city said, could begin as early as late spring. Once the trees are cleared and roads put in, the process of building each of the 160 homes begins. Because it is a huge project, there's no estimated time of when the development will be finished just yet.

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