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Construction of Ocean Blvd. hotel will continue, for now

Conceptual image of the proposed hotel. (Source: Overcash Demmitt Architects) Conceptual image of the proposed hotel. (Source: Overcash Demmitt Architects)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -The construction of a new Residence Inn Marriott at 26th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach is continuing, for now.

City of Myrtle Beach issued a “Stop Work Order” Thursday temporarily halting the construction of the hotel, according to city spokesperson Mark Kruea.

That order, provided to WMBF News by the City of Myrtle Beach, states a letter to hotel developer SREE Hotel group by the Federal Aviation Administration was a Notice of Presumed Hazard. 

It also states the city's Building Official found the construction permit was issued in error and FAA approval is necessary and required for the permit to remain valid. 

The 305,964 square-foot hotel will be 17 stories high and include its own parking structure and pool, according to a February release by the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

On Friday the city suspended the order allowing construction of the hotel to continue, for now. 

The FAA considers construction taller than 139 feet to be a presumed hazard, according to documents provided by the City of Myrtle Beach.

City officials say they will allow construction of the hotel to continue until the construction reaches that mark. 

At that time the city says the "Stop Work Order" will be applied again if SREE hotel group has not received approval from the FAA.

The property has seen quite a transition in the last decade. It was home to two motels that were falling apart. Those were eventually condemned, then torn down over the last few years. The space became a field with grass and sand right off the ocean but, the transition will continue until the new high rise is finished.

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