LStar announces public waterway-to-ocean trail for Grande Dunes

sjones@thesunnews.comMay 27, 2014 

The new owners of Grande Dunes announced Tuesday a plan for a public trail to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Intracoastal Waterway, a large park by the waterway and restaurants, hotels and retail development at Marina Village.

LStar of Raleigh, N.C., further said it wants to add landscaping along its frontage and in medians on U.S. 17 Bypass. It plans to open up at least one new access to the bypass, at 82nd Avenue North.

Steve Vining, managing partner of LStar, said the company hopes to work with the city on crossings of the bypass and Kings Highway to facilitate hikers and bikers on the waterway-to-ocean trail.

Vining unveiled conceptual drawings the company has done of possible residential development on the waterway, with the new path between it and the water. He also said the company is looking at developing some retail space with residences above them.

Its drawings also show a number of residential buildings in the area of the marina and a new hotel and multi-story commercial development fronting the marina.

“One of the things we wanted to do was open up Myrtle Beach’s second waterfront,” Vining said.

He said there is no timetable for the development, but hopes it can be completed in about five years. No final decisions have been made on the specifics of the development, Vining said.

“It looks fabulous,” Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said of the company’s plan. “They’re going to give us something to be proud of.”

LStar plans on some of the land along the trail becoming public park land.

Vining said the landscaping along the bypass would likely include crepe myrtles and Palmetto palms or other hardy plants that can survive without a lot of maintenance.

“We wanted to do some things to make people know when they’ve arrived (in Myrtle Beach),” he said of the landscaping.

LStar bought the 2,200-acre Grande Dunes and some amenities in December from Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which started the development about 14 years ago.

Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765 or on Twitter @TSN_sjones.

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