Permanent public bathrooms could soon be seen in downtown Myrtle Beach

mprabhu@thesunnews.comDecember 2, 2013 

Folks use the restroom in Plyer Park off Joe White Avenue and Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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— The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp. is moving forward with plans to build permanent public restrooms near Ocean Boulevard.

A conceptual review for the construction of bathrooms in an alley across from the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is going before the Community Appearance Board on Thursday.

If approved, the architect will complete construction and bid drawings to present to the DRC at its annual retreat in January, when the organization would allocate funding for the project, said DRC executive director David Sebok. The bathroom would sit in the alley between Ocean Boulevard and Withers Alley in downtown Myrtle Beach, between 10th and 12th avenues North.

“Hopefully construction could start early in 2014 and be completed in a few months,” he said.

Sebok suggested permanent restrooms during last year’s DRC retreat and worked with the city’s Cultural and Leisure Services to determine the best location that would allow them to replace the Plyler Park restroom trailer.

The trailer in Plyler Park has three stalls – one for men, one for women and for handicapped use. Sebok said once a permanent restroom is in use the trailer in Plyler Park would be refurbished and placed in another downtown location that would be determined later.

The trailer at Eighth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard also would be refurbished, but would remain where it is, Sebok said. The trailers have been used for the last four seasons.

“The reason the DRC is doing this is because we want to continue to make downtown family-friendly and provide the level of services they expect,” he said.

The permanent restroom would have several men’s and women’s facilities, each with multiple stalls including one for handicapped use.

Sebok said he’s not sure how much the project will cost, but early estimates have it somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000.

“The budget gets more refined when you get the specifications,” he said.

Sebok said the DRC does not have immediate plans to construct any other permanent facilities, but could find other locations in the future.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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