A Tennessee company that withdrew plans for an amusement park and arcade center on the site of the Shrine Club on North Kings Highway has resubmitted a plan for an electric go-kart and arcade facility.
Residents who have light and noise concerns from the resubmitted plan may be taken into account in a final vote by the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board, chairman Larry Bragg said Monday afternoon.
But worries that the development could affect nearby property values won’t.
The new plan is to go before the CAB at a 1:30 p.m. meeting Thursday for a conceptual review, but Bragg said the final vote on the project likely will come at a later meeting.
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The plans discussed at Thursday’s meeting are unlikely to be complete, Bragg said, and the company, The Track of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be looking for the board’s suggestions before a final review.
The company could not be reached for comment Monday.
The new plan calls for four go-kart tracks, one of which will be elevated, and a two-story, 15,000- square-foot arcade building.
The building, according to a drawing submitted to the city, will include meeting space for the Shriners, whose building will be torn down to make way for the development.
Light and noise concerns were voiced about the original plan, which envisioned gas-powered go-karts and other outdoor amusements such as a merry-go-round and children’s boat ride.
Neighbors, including Pat Talty of Grande Dunes, complained to the city that the original plan would create light and noise problems to their properties and could lower property values.
Talty said that the lights from the elevated go-kart track in the original plan would have shone directly into his home across the Intracoastal Waterway.
The original plan required a zoning change which then mandated a public hearing before it could be approved by the city’s Planning Commission. Objections caused the company to withdraw that plan and submit one that does not need a zoning change and can get final approval from the CAB.
While no public hearing is required, Bragg said there is time for public comment at CAB meetings, so those with concerns could voice them at that time.
“The project has never been to CAB before,” he said.
A vote by the Planning Commission and City Council is not required with the current plan, Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea said.