Developers of the as-yet unnamed resort to be built at 17th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach said they hope to begin construction in May on the $42 million oceanfront resort with plans to open in spring 2017.
The construction of the resort also will result in a 950-foot extension of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk from 15th Avenue North to roughly 18th Avenue North and other public improvements.
Virginia-based Buchanan Motels LLC removed initial plans for an elevated walkway across Ocean Boulevard after receiving pushback from Myrtle Beach City Council members and residents. City Council approved the revised plans Tuesday.
“The city has done a good job with the process,” said Buchanan Motels Vice President Bob Singleton. “We’re happy.”
The driveway of the 23-floor, 252 unit resort will use a portion of an alley to allow drivers back to Ocean Boulevard. For liability purposes, city attorney Tom Ellenburg suggested Buchanan Motels purchase the alley from the city for $100,000.
“It needs to be distinctive,” Ellenburg said. “It needs to be clear that it’s for vehicular traffic. ... It will avoid pedestrian-vehicular interaction that sometimes is scary.”
According to city law, Buchanan Motels will pay $1 million for the relocation of alleyways and an additional $630,000 for public benefit contribution costs outlined thorough the planned unit development agreement, with the money going toward public improvement the extension of 18th Avenue North to meet Ocean Boulevard and improvements on Ocean Boulevard.
City Manager John Pedersen said he hopes that the boardwalk extension will take about two years, to coincide with the resort’s projected opening in Spring 2017.
Once the developers receive building permits, the city will receive a check for $1.4 million, which the city will use for the boardwalk extension and 18th Avenue North extension. About $300,000 of that will go toward the construction of affordable housing because the project’s plan calls for the demolition of an apartment building.
Plans approved by the city Tuesday include a 15,000-square-foot indoor water park on the bottom floor of the oceanfront building, move the parking garage to the third row on 17th Avenue North – where the apartment building sits.
“The apartment building will have to come down,” city planner Allison Hardin said, adding that the building currently is occupied. “It was going to be workforce housing.”
Updated plans have a large 112-space parking lot on the second row, replacing six smaller ones that had a combined 116 spaces.
Greg McFarland, architect with Pike-McFarland-Hall Associates Inc., said he will create detailed architectural plans for approval so that building permits can be issued.
Singleton said if all goes will, Dargan Construction Co. should be able to begin work in May.
Clay Brittian III, attorney for the developers, said everyone is pleased with the outcome.
“We’ve had to give up a lot, but we’re happy,” he said.