Another old hotel being demolished along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach

dbryant@thesunnews.comFebruary 28, 2013 

Another old hotel along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is coming down to make way for new development.

Crews have started demolishing the Beverly Motel at 703 N. Ocean Boulevard, which has been closed for several years.

The property owners haven’t yet decided what will be built in that spot, which is part of a block that is seeing lots of redevelopment. Across the street, crews are putting the finishing touches on a new oceanfront restaurant and miniature golf course that is expected to open soon. That new development was built where the historic Chesterfield Hotel stood for more than half a century.

At the Beverly site, there likely will be some interim uses such as parking and kiosks selling food or souvenirs for the next few summers while the property owners wait for the real estate market to come back, said Dave Sebok, executive director of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp.

Sebok says the 1.2-mile boardwalk, which opened in 2010, has helped lure more people to the Ocean Boulevard area, sparking some of the new development. Other than the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park site, Sebok said there aren’t many vacant spaces along Ocean Boulevard for developers to build something new, meaning the older structures have to bite the dust.

In December, crews demolished an old boarding house at 919 N. Ocean Boulevard that had been used as a beachwear store to make way for a new 6,000-square-foot candy and ice cream shop called “I Love Sugar” that also plans to open for this summer.

“What you’ve seen is a great tourist and resident demand for additional attractions, food and beverage establishments,” Sebok said.

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

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