HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is hoping plans for a new hospital in Carolina Forest get scrapped.
Members of the state agency say the hospital, which would sit along International Drive if approved, wouldn’t be compatible with the nearby Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve.
Just last month, Conway Medical Center announced plans for a new 50-bed hospital to sit along International Drive.
Earlier this week, SCDNR Director Robert Boyles sent a letter to Horry County Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning John Danford. In that letter, Boyles asks Danford to not approve the rezoning request that would allow for the hospital to be built.
Boyles notes the adjacent Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserves goes through frequent controlled burns. When those burns take place, drop gates along International Drive come down, preventing drivers from going through.
For that reason, among others, Boyle states in the letter the hospital would not be compatible with the preserve.
Boyles also notes the hospital could have a negative impact on wildlife and wetlands.
On Thursday afternoon, the Horry County Planning Commission will discuss the rezoning. Their meeting starts at 3 p.m.
SCDNR declined to do an interview for this story. A spokesperson said the letter can speak for itself.
Conway Medical Center released a statement.