The former location of Thee DollHouse will be torn down in the next few weeks as part of an agreement between Horry County officials and the property owners.
For years residents complained about the dilapidated building, which was vacated by the gentleman’s club after a dispute with the county that later landed in a courtroom.
Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus announced Tuesday night they came to an agreement with the property owners, Restaurant Row Waterway LLC, which includes the building’s demolition and new development in its place.
The grass also was recently cut, Lazarus added.
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“Residents have diligently been calling (Councilman Bill) Howard and myself about that eyesore,” Lazarus said. “It’s a victory for us today.”
The council explored instituting an ordinance earlier this year that would allow them to demolish abandoned commercial buildings deemed as a nuisance and put a tax lien on the property to pay for it, but only municipalities have that power under state law.
“That kind of had our hands tied on what we could do,” Lazarus said.
“We would have already gone in there and torn it down and held it for taxes,” Lazarus said. “We couldn’t even go onto the property and literally cut the grass.”
The developers will pay for the demolition at no cost to the county. A small retail center will later be constructed by the same developer, Lazarus said.
“It’s a win for both of us,” Lazarus said. “He’s going to get to redevelop his property into something that is hopefully acceptable to the area and he can lease out. It’s a win for the county because we’re getting rid of an eyesore.”
Lazarus said the run-down building stands at the gateway to Myrtle Beach for tourists traveling to the beach via S.C. 22. It’s not the first impression they want to convey.
“That’s the first thing you see. You gotta sit there and look at it,” Lazarus said.
“They will build something nice there that everybody can be proud of and we can move forward.”
Thee DollHouse business is still in operation at its newer location on U.S. 17 in Atlantic Beach.
Horry County refused to issue a business license for adult entertainment in the former Thee DollHouse facility, which led to court action that sided with the county.
The developer, Lynn White, was in the process of appealing that decision when the agreement was reached.
White could not be reached for comment.