Coast RTA is taking its first steps toward a new headquarters.
The mass transit system’s board of directors awarded a consulting contract to a North Charleston firm, which will conduct a feasibility and needs assessment study, said Myers Rollins, Coast general manager.
Stantek Consulting Services Inc. is the recipent of the $246,137 contract, Rollins added. The findings will be presented to the board in September or October.
Rollins said one of the results from a 2010 transit study was moving Coast RTA’s headquarters out of downtown Conway and east of the Intracoastal Waterway.
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Coast officials have said the large amount of services offered closer to the beach, as well as the deterioration of its current facility, make the construction of a new headquarters a priority for the area public transportation system that serves hundreds of thousands of riders a year and has a fleet of 42 buses.
The city of Myrtle Beach is also involved in this process, Rollins said.
Stantek’s study looks to define and lay out a conceptual design with all of Coast RTA’s needs. Rollins said they’ll need between 12 and 15 acres to build the new headquarters, and the study will develop specific sites and a funding analysis.
By relocating the headquarters, Coast RTA would save a minimum of $230,000 annually on gas and upkeep costs, Rollins has said.
There is no definitive date for when the new headquarters would be built, but “the sooner, the better,” Rollins said.
Green Sea library closing for inventory
The Green Sea branch of the Horry County Memorial Library will be closed Monday to conduct an inventory.
The Horry County Memorial Library Board of Trustees approves each branch to close once every three years to complete an inventory of all materials. Inventories are necessary to maintain an accurate catalog of materials on hand.
For more information, contact the administrative offices of the Horry County Memorial Library at 915-1544.
S.C. Air National Guard conducting exercise in Myrtle Beach area
The South Carolina Air National Guard is conducting an air defense exercise Tuesday in Myrtle Beach and Florence, according to a press release.
As part of the routine exercise, fighter jets assigned to the SCANG’s 169th Fighter Wing might be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft belonging to the S.C. Civil Air Patrol between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.