The North Myrtle Beach City Council approved the first reading of an amendment to the development agreement for the Robbers Roost commercial area in a special meeting Monday afternoon.
The amendment says the city will take over maintenance of two public roads in the commercial area after they are built to state specifications by the developer and conveyed to the city.
“Once dedicated,” the amendment reads, “the City shall repair and maintain the (public roads) in a manner consistent with the maintenance of roadways or driveways within first class retail shopping centers in the North Myrtle Beach area.”
If the developer notifies the city that the maintenance doesn’t meet its standards, it will give the city 30 days to correct the deficiencies. If the city does not, the developer can do the work and, if necessary, sue the city to recover the cost.
City spokesman Pat Dowling said the action was taken in a special session because the developer can close on the property the end of this month and didn’t want to delay that until after the City Council’s October meeting. He said a second special meeting is likely for a second reading on the amendment.
Dowling said the developer hopes to open the center in 2014.
Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.