Myrtle Beach Racepath Community plans in progress

Myrtle Beach Racepath Community plans in progress

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – There are three different projects in the works to bring some new life and a safer environment to the Racepath Community. And the public is asked to help support part of the efforts to build a brand new community center.

The Racepath community off Racepath Street is Horry County property in a donut hole of Myrtle Beach. There is a community center near the front of the neighborhood that is need of upgrades.

Rev. William Gause is a community advocate and runs the non-profit organization Phoenix Renaissance. He also runs the summer and after-school programs at the community center. Right now there are about 20 kids that participate in the after-school program in the manufactured home. Rev. Gause says it hurts that he has to turn kids away simply because they do not have enough space to care for everyone.

So he is raising money through the non-profit Phoenix Renaissance to purchase the property so the county can obtain grants to build a new building. Rev. Gause needs to raise $30,000 by October 30. He says so far they have raise $26,000. The board is meeting October 8 to plan some last minute fundraiser opportunities.

But even after the initial $30,000 is raised, Rev. Gause says the group will need to continue searching for support to cover closing costs and rent for a temporary location.

By building a new center, the plan is to expand the programs available to everyone in the county. Rev. Gause hopes to add literacy programs, senior citizen programs, book reading clubs, a food pantry, and much more.

"If we don't do something with the kids to keep them motivated, the streets will get them," says Rev. Gause.

If you would like to help donate to the cause, checks can be made out to Phoenix Renaissance, with Racepath Community Center in the memo line. Mail it to Phoenix Renaissance Inc., 286 Sunset Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577.

And Rev. Gause says if you would like to learn more about the center or take a tour, feel free to call him at 843-283-3864 to set up a time to do so.

There are also plans to resurface areas in the Racepath Community of Myrtle Beach are in the works. A Request for Proposal has been submitted for architects and engineers to create new sidewalks, resurface the road, and add lights and trees.

A third ongoing project is rehabilitating some homes in the neighborhood. Fifteen homes have been rehabilitated so far with grant money. County leaders encourage homeowners to continue applying for these services.

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