HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Planning Commission voted Thursday night to move forward with the plans for The District at the Myrtle Beach Mall.
The plans for changes would include new waterfront restaurants, sports bars, additional shopping areas, clubs, and a boutique hotel.
DDC Engineering is overseeing the project which is described as a hybrid mall, similar to The Market Common and the Tanger Outlets, and they believe the economic impact it’ll make on the community will be significant.
“The sales tax benefits of that mall has dropped by about 80 percent from its peak so just getting it back to where it was will be a great boom for the county and the state,” said Mike Wooten with DDC Engineering in Myrtle Beach.
The project will also include expanding the Bass Pro Shop by up to 45 percent, adding a rock wall and a bow shooting area.
The CEO of KingOne Properties, Michael King, said in November the Myrtle Beach Mall, located right next to S.C. 22, Highway 17 and the Intracoastal Waterway, is a prime location for redevelopment, which could soon become a reality.
“It will help the entire community as a whole, not only bringing new jobs to the area but also increase our tax base which helps us all," said King. “Not only will they be spending around $15 million on it, but it’s also going to be about a quarter of a million square feet of retail restaurant space."
Wooten said the hybrid mall will cost around $140 to $150 million and is a significant undertaking for the company and the community.
“I was happy by the fact the planning commission understands what this means for that region and to see this mall be revitalized. I was tickled to death and the vote and am very happy that we had no opposition,” Wooten said.
Wooten said the plan will enable them to turn the mall inside out, making shopping more of an outside experience.
“If you were to ask someone from planning and zoning what’s the best thing to do with an old mall, they’re doing it,” Neeves said.
He added that he hopes that as the plans begin to unfold, more businesses pop up along the waterway.
“What I would hope to see is some entrepreneurs put in a water taxi so people can go from club to club and stay out of their cars,” Wooten said.
Divaris is the company spearheading the plans for the new development and have posted plans on their website which you can see by clicking here.
When Wooten was asked about a timeline for this project if council votes to move forward with the plans, he said it could be quite sometime-up to nine months-before physical changes at the location begin.
The proposed plans will move forward to the Horry County Council on Feb. 9.