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Rezoning request for Tidelands Health hospital in Socastee clears major hurdle

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:23 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Tidelands Health is one step closer to building a new hospital in the Socastee area.

The hospital system is requesting to rezone about 82 acres off Highway 707 and Highway 31.

The rezoning request faced a second reading Tuesday night, which also meant that the public was given a chance to give their input on their plans. When it came time for a public hearing on the ordinance, no one came to the podium.

Councilmembers voted in favor to pass the second reading of the rezoning ordinance.

There have been concerns from the community about building a hospital in the area. Back in April, nearly 100 people attended a community to learn more about the project and voice their input.

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Some said they’re not opposed to having a hospital in the area but wanted to know how Tidelands Health would address possible flooding issues.

Tidelands Health CEO Bruce Bailey said all water property will be managed in compliance with local and state guidelines. He also said Tidelands Health will include a system of retention ponds and piping to control the release of water through the Highway 707 drainage system.

Bailey said on Tuesday night after the vote that he believes they’ve heard the community’s concerns, and that’s why no one spoke up during the public hearing.

“We think we can be a good neighbor and be helpful in that. I think we did a good job addressing those early on, and by the time we got here tonight, I think the community was pleased with what they heard, so we go through pretty quickly today,” Bailey said.

The rezoning request has to go through one more reading before it can become effective.

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