MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A new developer has set plans in motion to bring life to an area of Myrtle beach that has been empty for years- the area along 79th Avenue North where the old Myrtle Beach Hospital used to sit.
This property has been a broken record. Many potential project plans have come and gone in the past, and nothing has ever actually happened.
Just last year in 2015, a developer got through the city approval process with plans to build a duplex neighborhood, but Myrtle Beach planners said that project eventually fell through.
The property was zoned for that type of development: multi-family, like apartments and duplexes, but that changed recently. As flags wave around the property from a survey team, the development plans are slightly different this time around. The City of Myrtle Beach's planning and zoning department recently approved a zoning change for a developer to build single-family homes instead.
Planners said the feedback they've gotten from neighbors in the area is that they prefer this to multi-family. They very much want to see the overgrown property developed.
It's a piece of property the community has always been interested in, planners said, since the hospital was torn down in the early 2000's. Businesses around it said a developer is crazy not to snatch the real estate up, because a stone's throw away over on Kings Highway, there is nothing short of a boom in business.
"I've seen a bunch of new stuff pop up right as we have," explained Hannah Shimmin, a co-owner of Kindbelly. "We've been open just less than a year, and we've seen quite a few restaurants and small businesses open like right in the same time that we have. And it's seemed like it's worked out well for them, I haven't seen one leave yet. So hopefully that means the area is growing."
The developer will have to go through the process of getting approval from the city for the development plans, which will include a public meeting in the future.