Despite the recession, some development projects are moving forward as planned, especially those by local governments trying to keep up with resident demand. Here's a look at some of the notable developments in the works:
Dock Street Communities | Dock Street Communities vice president David Wilkes said earlier this month that it had sold about 115 of 130 town houses it built near The Market Common retail and housing development, which debuted in April. It plans to release 25 more luxury town homes for sale this year, possibly in the spring.
Jail improvements | Concrete modules are being installed that will make up the bulk of a $33 million, four-story tower that will add 536 beds to the chronically overcrowded J. Reuben Long Detention Center. It's scheduled to open in 2010. A 128-bed, $4 million, minimum-security building was scheduled to open in February. Overall, the county is spending $54 million on jail improvements, which also include a new courts and administration building and a food-service facility.
Expansion of the east side terminal at the Myrtle Beach International Airport | Horry County has already approved a $130 million expansion plan for the terminal. If the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board approves it, the terminal will be expanded from seven to 12 gates by 2012.
North Strand Community Center | The 20,000-square-foot center had its groundbreaking in May and is slated to open this fall at 120 Highway 57 S. It will have a gym, two multipurpose meeting rooms, an exercise room, games and a rock climbing wall.
North Beach Plantation | Developers expect to start closing on condos in this 60-acre oceanfront development in March, once they get a certificate of occupancy. Construction started in 2006.
North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach libraries | Construction is scheduled to begin on both this summer.
South Strand and Carolina Forest recreation centers | The South Strand Recreation Center is being designed and will be located at the South Strand Complex. The Horry County Memorial Library at Carolina Forest and the Carolina Forest Recreation Center are waiting on land acquisitions.
Carroll Campbell Marine Complex | This comprehensive tournament fishing and boat-launch facility in Georgetown County is scheduled to be finished this summer.
Georgetown County Judicial Center | Construction began on this 80,000-square-foot project, located between Cleland and Dozier streets in Georgetown, in November 2007. It's on schedule to be finished in May.
Alexan Withers Preserve | This apartment complex, developed by Trammell Crow Residential at the back gate of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, will release its first phase of apartments for rent in early April. It's slated to have 288 one- to three-bedroom units by the time it's finished.