Changes to The Market Common master plan will make area more residential

Changes to The Market Common master plan will make area more residential

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Plans to add more single-family homes to The Market Common district were approved by the Myrtle Beach City Council Tuesday night.

Those plans also include the development of a 100-unit hotel.

Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach, said the city is simply trying to meet the demand of the current market, which wants single-family-style homes.

Kruea said the area is moving away from commercial tourism and heading towards a more family-friendly environment.

"We've adjusted the master plan over the years really to meet some market conditions. Single-family homes have sold very well. The developers would like to build a few more single-family homes," says Kruea.

This is different from the current condominiums, apartments, and town houses in the area, but owners of those homes say they welcome the change.

Originally, the area was expected to attract tourists who would then purchase summer vacation homes and only live there temporarily.

As the years went on, more and more people began moving to the area permanently.

One town house owner, Ralph Visconti, said almost all of his current neighbors live in the area permanently, and he thinks the addition of more single-family homes is just what The Market Common district needs.

"I think it's good. There should be a lot of permanent people living where you're living at, more secure," said Visconti.

At this point, it's too early in the planning process to know when an expected start date will be.

However, Kruea said that developers are ready to go once council gives them the green light.

Kruea added that even though the area is moving to a more residential-style place, they will still accommodate plenty of tourists with the addition of the new hotel.

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