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New apartment complex to be built in Market Common

The Vinings will be a brand new apartment complex off Farrow Parkway, located across from the Cresswind neighborhood. The Vinings will be a brand new apartment complex off Farrow Parkway, located across from the Cresswind neighborhood.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Many people are moving to the Market Common area, and the plans are being finalized for a new apartment complex to cater to the influx of residents.

The Vinings at the Market Common will be a brand new apartment complex off Farrow Parkway, located across from the Cresswind neighborhood. The lot is all trees, vegetation, and wetlands right now. But after it's all said and done, it's going to be a complex of 11 apartment buildings with 288 units.

The city's Community Appearance Board approved the plans just last week. The company developers made a presentation to the board members to make sure the aesthetics of the plan fit with the existing vibe of the Market Common area. Developers assured them that they have worked in wetland areas before and the designs keep as much green space as possible, because that's an attractive feature for residents.

People who already live in the Market Common area agree that's a huge plus. “I really enjoy the area,” says Phil Adams, who lives in the Market Common area. “I really like the green open spaces. I like to be able to, the ability to walk to the shops, the restaurants here locally. Plus it's very convenient to the airport. It's a growing area, a new area. So it's very nice, people are very friendly here as well.”

If the name “Vinings” sounds familiar, it's because one was just built last year off International Drive. The developers hope to keep the same beachy feel between the two complexes. But the one at the Market Common will be catering to a different clientele.

The Market Common location is attractive to the developers because of the mixed-use area: being able to live in the same area with good green space, trails, shops, and restaurants. This vibe is attracting a lot of retirees and families to the area. The Vinings leaders hope to provide a more affordable option for younger working professionals.

The prices should be similar to the ones at the Carolina Bays location, which range between $899 and $1,400 depending on the apartment size. The Alexan Withers Preserve off Farrow is in about the same range. The apartments above the shops and restaurants at Market Common start at $1,000.

People already living in the area are split about adding more apartments, especially since it will be adding more traffic to an already busy area.

“Well if it's controlled, I think it's going to be very positive,” says Adams. “If they let it over grow, like in southern California, then I think it's going to be bad because of the traffic congestion and things like that. Now it seems like they're controlling the growth well and it's going to be nice.” Adams used to live in Southern California, and he says he sees the same kind of escalated growth in the Market Common area.

On the other hand, some residents are worried things are already out of hand. “I think it's too much too fast. And you know, I don't know if they're thinking about all the traffic it's going to put here. It's something the city should think about,” says Sue Martin who lives in the Market Common area.

The permitting process is being finished up, and the hope is to start clearing the property in the fall. Property managers want all the units to be ready by summer 2016.

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