Changes coming to former Pavilion site may not be what some hoped for

Changes coming to former Pavilion site may not be what some hoped for

. - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – There may soon be changes at the site of the former Pavilion in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, now home to Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures.

For the last few years, the zipline has taken riders from one side of the empty lot to the other.

The new plans will keep it there. The property owner isn't changing anything that is already there; they are just building the area up to make it a bigger attraction.

The plans include building a 70-foot-high ropes course, another zipline tower, a training shelter and observation areas.

The ropes course would be built in between the zipline towers that are there now

Despite being gone for years, many business owners in the downtown area still talk about the negative impacts caused when the Pavilion closed.

City of Myrtle Beach officials have voiced through the years that they would like the land, owned by Burroughs and Chapin, to be developed into a major economic driver.

The city, however, has no control over the property.

WMBF News reached out to Burroughs and Chapin about whether it plans to work with the city on future development. Spokesperson Lee Gainer said there are no near-term development plans for the site.

The Myrtle Beach Adrenaline project would cost about $400,000, according to the application the city received.

Businesses said it would be a good addition to the site, even better than what's there now.

"Zipline is not that popular anymore," said Jane Bond, who works off Ninth Avenue North. "Of course it's going to be more busy for us. Ocean Boulevard is much more busy every day than this day. So I guess (it) should be nice to have the same amount of people here as well."

The plans are being fast-tracked and will go before the city's Community Appearance Board for a final review on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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