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January 16, 2014

Vacant hotel demolished in Myrtle Beach

A vacant hotel on Ocean Boulevard that had been attracting vagrants has been demolished and another will be soon, according to city officials.

A vacant hotel on Ocean Boulevard that had been attracting vagrants has been demolished and another will be soon, according to city officials.

The Golden Sands motel at 2603 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, was knocked down by the property owner Wednesday, Myrtle Beach city spokesman Mark Kruea said.

The Holiday South Motel, located in the same block at 2605 S. Ocean Blvd., also will be coming down, Kruea said. Its owners, who also own the Golden Sands, are in the process of acquiring the demolition permit. Kruea said that could happen within a week.

“These are older properties that have not been well maintained,” Kruea said. “Vagrants were getting into them, there may have even been bug issues in some instances. It’s not the sort of good neighbor you would hope to have.”

Firefighters in November responded twice in one week to Holiday South for fires that investigators said someone used incendiary devices to set intentionally.

City officials are in discussions with the owners of a third vacant motel, the Majestic Shores, at 2609 S. Ocean Blvd., that also likely will require demolition. That motel is not compliant with city code, Kruea said.

Kruea said no formal plans have been submitted to the city for redevelopment of any of the three properties, but he said the clean, empty lots will be appreciated.

He said the city has been aggressive with code enforcement, particularly in commercial properties, because safety concerns arise from the run-down buildings.

“A property can be vacant as long as it is secure and maintained,” he said. “But, when it is open to the public when it is falling apart, that’s when we have issues.”

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