Demolition day approaching for historic Myrtle Beach hotel

dbryant@thesunnews.comAugust 5, 2012 

Demolition of one of Myrtle Beach’s oldest oceanfront inns will start this month to make way for new development.

Crews are expected Monday at The Chesterfield Inn to begin removing the roof on the smaller hotel building that is part of the complex. Demolition of the three-story inn, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is planned to start the week of Aug. 13, owner Karon Mitchell said.

Demolition is expected to be finished by the end of the month, allowing construction to begin on the oceanfront, rooftop restaurant and a 36-hole, nautical themed miniature golf course, which will be ready by the time tourists start trickling in by the spring next year – maybe earlier if the winter weather is as mild as it was this past year, owners have said.

“Everything is moving right along,” Mitchell said last week.

Officials have said that The Chesterfield Inn –which has stood on the oceanfront at Seventh Avenue North since the 1940s, with earlier versions dating back even further – has outlived its time as a go-to place to stay, overshadowed by the trendy high-rises with modern amenities such as lazy rivers and in-room kitchens that weren’t even thought of during the Chesterfield’s heyday. It wasn’t cost-effective to renovate the hotel, they said.

The $1 million to $1.2 million redevelopment has been in the works for about two years, but the owners had run into snags with the down economy and the tight lending environment.

The smaller hotel building, which was built in the 1960s and will have its roof removed next week, will be rehabbed and integrated into the mini-golf course. The course will wrap around the Ocean Boulevard side of the property, with some holes twisting through the small hotel building’s basement.

The city has issued the permit for demolition work on the smaller building, but demolition permits for the historic building has not yet been issued, city spokesman Mark Kruea said last week.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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