Realtors association takes part in 'walkshop' to look at safety, - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Realtors association takes part in 'walkshop' to look at safety, walkability along Kings Highway

City officials and realtors are looking at pedestrian safety and walkability along Kings Highway. (Source: WMBF News) City officials and realtors are looking at pedestrian safety and walkability along Kings Highway. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The National Association of Realtors, the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors, and the city of Myrtle Beach came together with a firm called Blue Zone to walk along South Kings Highway to see what works and what doesn't on the street.  

“We basically said Kings Highway is the Mississippi River. People are here, they are on the oceanfront, but once they get to Kings Highway, they are like, 'Forget it,' because you know, it is intimidating,” said Carol Coleman, the city's director of planning.

Coleman added they now have an incremental plan that starts with the quick fixes.

“One of the problem areas we've got are the people who are either visiting the tourists that are staying on the oceanfront, or the people that work there in the service industry, that may be walking to businesses or walking to the bus services on the avenues that run east to west," she said. "There are no sidewalks on the avenues.”

Coleman said painting sidewalk space is one of many quick fixes, followed by the bigger hurdles which would be narrowing lanes along Kings Highway and making use of that extra room.

“So, we may be able to create bike lanes, we may be able to create on-street parking or safe zones so people can cross the street, have somewhere where they have a refuge midway without having to get all the way across," she said.

Many agree these changes would result in a major business boom.

“As a realtor, this would definitely help because when people come down. if they are looking at residences or looking at other things they are looking for a more urban environment,” said John Krajc. “Name in point, Market Common. Market Common is the most walkable area in the city of Myrtle Beach. Young professionals and retirees both want to live there. So if they use that as a model, and they convert it throughout the whole city, imagine what it could be.”

The next step is bringing these findings before the Myrtle Beach City Council. Coleman hopes that will happen in the coming weeks.

Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Local motorcycle club hosts memorial ride for women murdered in CresCom Bank robbery

    Local motorcycle club hosts memorial ride for women murdered in CresCom Bank robbery

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:32 PM EST2017-11-19 02:32:28 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -  A local motorcycle club rallied the community together today in honor of two women killed in a bank robbery in Conway. Rivertown Riders hosted a memorial ride today for CresCom Bank employees-- Donna Major and Katie Skeen. The ride started around noon, leaving from Whiskey Beach Bar and Grill on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. It ended at NewSpring Church along Waccamaw Boulevard around 4:30. WMBF News had a chance to speak with one of the organi...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -  A local motorcycle club rallied the community together today in honor of two women killed in a bank robbery in Conway. Rivertown Riders hosted a memorial ride today for CresCom Bank employees-- Donna Major and Katie Skeen. The ride started around noon, leaving from Whiskey Beach Bar and Grill on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. It ended at NewSpring Church along Waccamaw Boulevard around 4:30. WMBF News had a chance to speak with one of the organi...More >>
  • breaking

    Robeson County 14-month-old on life support after suspected child abuse

    Robeson County 14-month-old on life support after suspected child abuse

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:18 PM EST2017-11-19 02:18:15 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A 14-month-old female is currently on life support at Duke University, according to Robeson County Sheriff Sealy. Police received a call from the hospital who suspected child abuse. According to Sheriff Sealy, the child was brought to the hospital on Friday and had severe bruises throughout her body. 

    More >>

    A 14-month-old female is currently on life support at Duke University, according to Robeson County Sheriff Sealy. Police received a call from the hospital who suspected child abuse. According to Sheriff Sealy, the child was brought to the hospital on Friday and had severe bruises throughout her body. 

    More >>
  • Five nabbed for solicitation of prostitution in Florence County Friday night

    Five nabbed for solicitation of prostitution in Florence County Friday night

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:23 PM EST2017-11-19 01:23:20 GMT
    Deangelo Williams (Source: Florence County Detention Center)Deangelo Williams (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

    Five men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution in Florence County Friday night, according to online jail records. Deangelo Anton Williams, of Darlington Julius Levern Frierson, of Florence Kendrick Laroy Dixon, of Bishopville Ryan Scott Yarborough, of Darlington Samson Ejiofor Nnaji, of Tampa, Florida All five men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution after midnight Friday night and have since been released.  

    More >>

    Five men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution in Florence County Friday night, according to online jail records. Deangelo Anton Williams, of Darlington Julius Levern Frierson, of Florence Kendrick Laroy Dixon, of Bishopville Ryan Scott Yarborough, of Darlington Samson Ejiofor Nnaji, of Tampa, Florida All five men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution after midnight Friday night and have since been released.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly