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New 116-lot neighborhood in the works off 17 Bypass

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Construction of a new neighborhood is in the works in a well-known community, on almost 47 acres off highway 17 bypass.

Most of the area between 67th Avenue North and 76th Avenue North is completely undeveloped, but plans have been submitted to build a new 116 lot neighborhood.

Plans include 6 new public streets for the people living in the new neighborhood to get around. The city planner said there was discussion in the staff meeting earlier in the week into whether there are enough fire hydrants, making sure the neighborhood has enough entrances and exits, open space and available parking. Planners also need to take into consideration where sidewalks and trees will go- something the designers will have to address if any issues arise with the current plans.

The neighborhood will be directly beside an existing gated Grand Dunes community- off Seville Drive.

People there were unaware of any plans to put in a neighborhood beside theirs.

"If they're putting another hundred-plus homes and putting traffic there it’s going to cause significant traffic problems,” CJ Parente, a Grand Dunes resident said. His issues are shared with other neighbors.

It's specifically where the planned entrances and exits are that have people around worried. One would be right on 76th Avenue North.

"People come speeding down 76th," according to Parente. And that's not the only problem, "There’s a lot of accidents that happen right here on 76th and the Bypass- there’s been a number of accidents there. People trying to cross the road. And now there’s going to be even more cars dumped out into 76th and onto the Bypass which I think will cause significant problems."

Parente says cars stack up on 76th Avenue North as it is, to turn onto the Bypass. The only other way for all the people to get in and out of the new Cane Patch neighborhood would be via the Bypass.

"I think it’ll definitely cause a backup on the Bypass for sure," Parente said.

Neighbors are also worried about the look of the homes, and that they may not keep with the Mediterranean-style in the rest of the Grand Dunes communities.

"My understanding is the types of homes are going to be going up there are not going to be comparable,” Parente said. “And I don’t think it’s going to be good for the neighborhood, and not good for Grand Dunes."

The planning commission will publicly discuss the plans for the new neighborhood in its meeting Tuesday, July 4 at 1:30. People who want to voice an opinion are encouraged to attend.

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