MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An effort to revitalize a section of the city of Myrtle Beach around 6th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard is starting to show progress with construction on a new high-rise hotel.
Blighted, overgrown, rundown – these are words people often use to describe parts of that area of Myrtle Beach, with many abandoned lots and buildings.
But you may soon see a 20-story hotel go up on the oceanfront spot near 6th Avenue, and many hope it will bring about changes.
The city says a hotel was torn down there in the early 2000s; the oceanfront property sits between 5th and 6th Avenues North. The spot has served as a parking lot more recently.
Now, Buchanan Motels is working to build a new place for tourists to spend their vacations; early renderings name it the Bayshore Hotel
In addition to the hotel, the plans also mention converting an existing parking garage to service Bayshore, rather than Bayview next door. They also note plans for a currently empty lot beside it as future development.
One thing that is said a lot is that the beach doesn't need more hotels, but that's not what people around the area are saying now.
"I would say you get a higher clientele if you had a pretty, nice hotel sitting across the street," said Mark Swartz, who works near the proposed hotel site. "To me any kind of business. To me any kind of business is good business. Put more activity, more foot traffic coming and going into the doors, maybe clean up older stuff around here and get rid of it."
People in the area say they'd really like to see new restaurants open downtown that people can walk to from their hotels.