MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The now-void space that once held the Myrtle Beach Hospital may finally be developed soon. It's hard to imagine because it is so overgrown, but plans are in motion to build 78 residential units on the space right on 79th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
Some of the buildings would be quad-plexes; some, duplex townhomes. It's prime real estate in Myrtle Beach: right on Ocean Boulevard and a mere block from the ocean.
The space has been empty since the early 2000s when the hospital was demolished. Neighbors wish something had been done before now.
"You never know what might be hiding out, or sleeping in, or whatever," said Patsy Hunt, who lives across from the empty space. "And it would just be nice to see it be pretty again."
The design team went before the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board recently to talk the plans over. The response, the CAB said, was positive, and the board commended the designers for planning to preserve the trees on the existing site and not tear them down.
The CAB said there have been several other projects designed for this lot, but none have made it to the construction phase. Hunt spoke about receiving notifications each time a prospective project was in the works through the years, and wanting to see something finally built soon.
"We've gotten some mail thinking that maybe the property would be sold and we could come to a meeting, or whatever, and then we wouldn't get anything else for a while," Hunt said. "Then it might happen again, and nothing's ever happened."
This was just a conceptual review to get feedback from the community appearance board.
The plans don't have approval just yet. The architects will go back and make any needed changes- they still have to get final approval before any construction can begin.
Attempts to reach the architects on the project for a timeline were unsuccessful.