City issues demolition permit for Palace Theatre

City issues demolition permit for Palace Theatre

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A demolition permit for the Palace Theatre has been issued by the city.

The permit allows for demolition down to the property's slab, and is good for six months, according to city spokesman Mark Kruea.

The building's value is listed in the permit as $5.8 million, which Kruea notes is the value from the county's records, not the value of the building as it currently sits.

The permit states that the Palace Theatre site must be restored to meet compliance within 14 days of demolition of the building, noting that the site will be restored to one that is "hydro-seeded with a silt fence" to eliminate erosion of the ground.

Last week, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued the permit for demolition of The Palace Theatre by Low Country Unlimited.

The permit issued by DHEC relates specifically to the removal of any asbestos, to which DHEC in previous emails has said, "A building inspection report for the Palace Theatre was completed in December 2016.  The report indicates that no asbestos was found in the building."

The Palace Theater sustained significant damage to its front façade during Hurricane Matthew, and has remained closed since. Earlier this month, it was made public that the theater at Broadway at the Beach will not reopen, and The Chapin Company, which owns the theater, plans to demolish the building as soon as possible.

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