Land owner still looking for right development for vacant tract off U.S. 17 Bypass in the Myrtle Beach area

dbryant@thesunnews.comDecember 14, 2012 

Crews have wrapped up work clearing and doing sitework on the last undeveloped corner at the intersection of S.C. 544 and U.S. 17 Bypass, but don’t expect to see new stores or restaurants popping up there anytime soon.

The Jackson Cos., a local business that owns the property, said that it still doesn’t have a specific plan for the site, which is zoned for commercial development. No plan has been filed with Horry County’s Planning and Zoning Department, planner David Schwerd said.

“It is all about thought and planning. We are not being rushed,” said Barb Krumm, spokeswoman for The Jackson Cos., which owns Ocean Lakes Family Campground and Prestwick and developed the Sayebrook Town Center that includes Target across U.S. 17 Bypass from the vacant site. “It’s just a blank slate. We are just being really proactive.”

Buzz has spread around town speculating on what development would be built on the 80-acres shortly after crews started clearing the site early this year. Tanger Outlets, which has two shopping centers along the Grand Strand, is not planning to build on the site, The Jackson Cos. and Tanger officials have said.

“Regardless of what you are hearing, there is nothing slated for that site,” Krumm said. “We are just poised and ready for the right opportunity.”

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

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