Development in the City of Myrtle Beach is “booming,” with about $411 million worth of new construction that was approved between July 2016 and June 2017, according to Myrtle Beach city government.
“We’ve seen city growth but this is the highest,” Carol Coleman, Myrtle Beach planning director, said. “This is higher than it was during the growth curve before the housing market fell.”
In a recently released census study, the areas of Myrtle Beach, Conway and North Myrtle Beach ranked as the second highest fastest-growing metro area out of a list of 25 cities. Between 2015 and 2016 there was a 3.9 percent rise in population.
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In Myrtle Beach itself, the population grew by 1,205 residents between 2015 and 2016, the study shows.
“I think it’s just demand,” Coleman said. “People have been moving here.”
Many projects have already been completed including Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Dave & Busters, Carolina Ale House, all located at Broadway at the Beach. Other completed projects include Riptydz along Ocean Blvd. and Walmart Neighborhood Market along South Kings Highway.
Projects still under construction include the Residence Inn Marriott Myrtle Beach, Hilton Ocean 16 and Buchanan Hotel 6th Avenue, all located along Ocean Blvd.
Other major developments in the area that have not yet begun construction include Topgolf, located at Grissom Parkway and 29th Ave. North, a shopping center located at 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass at the former Phillips Seafood restaurant, Del Webb Myrtle Beach, a retirement community in Grande Dunes and the new Beach Club at the former site of Banditos.
Two new apartment buildings are also under construction including Patriots Way Apartments II and Vinings Apartments near The Market Common.
As for residential building, new single-family construction is being built near The Market Common as well. The newest development, Arbor Glenn, is located between Emory Road and Fred Nash Blvd. The development is slated to bring about 450 homes to the area.
Already existing neighborhoods near The Market Common that have new single-family construction range from Belle Harbor to the Battery at Market Common.
Other neighborhoods in the City of Myrtle Beach with new single-family construction include Living Dunes, Ocean Village, Cherokee Townhomes and Pelican Harbor.
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