First new tenant arrives at Myrtle Beach’s Arts and Innovation District

First new tenant arrives at Myrtle Beach’s Arts and Innovation District

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Arts and Innovation District in downtown Myrtle Beach has its first new tenant.

According to a post on the city’s Facebook page, Mashburn Construction purchased the property at 807 N. Kings Hwy., and renovated the building as office space. Developers also kept the historic character of the original structure.

The Arts and Innovation District came out of years of strategic planning for how to revitalize historical parts of downtown Myrtle Beach.

City leaders have met with developers interested in investing in downtown Myrtle beach, which includes Mashburn Construction and Grand Strand Brewing Company.

Josh Kay, director of business development with Mashburn Construction, said bringing an office to downtown Myrtle Beach made sense.

“Oh, it’s been great,” Kay said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be on the leading edge of Myrtle Beach’s downtown redevelopment.”

Mashburn Construction moved into the building within the last eight weeks, and they’re already hard at work right next door.

Crews from Mashburn Construction are currently working on the brewery. It’s a project Lauren Clever with the Downtown Development Office is excited about.

“The brewery is slated to be completed by Dec. 31,” she said.

Clever said having a brewery will definitely help revitalize the area and so will the studio apartments crews are building right above the brewery.

“We certainly want people to live down here, and that kind of solidifies everything,” she said. “When you have people living here, then they sustain what’s around them.”

All the progress on the Arts and Innovation District is leaving existing business owners nearby, like Alyson Andrews of Good Day Café, excited for the future.

“I’m looking forward to whatever comes next to us, which is the Grand Strand Brewery,” Andrews said. “Looking forward to revitalizing this area back again.”

Patrick Lloyd will have more on this development starting today at 4 on WMBF News.

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