A timeshare tower that will be among the tallest along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach has been topped off and plans to have the first guests check in during early July.
The 24-story Ocean 22 Hilton Grand Vacations Club, being built on the oceanfront near 22nd Avenue North, aims to get its certificate of occupancy in May, then open to the first guests in early July, said Patrick Lowe, partner in Strand Capital Group, the Myrtle Beach developer that partnered with Hilton Grand Vacations on the project. Crews will spend June moving in furniture, training staff and putting the finishing touches on the timeshare units readying for the opening.
A 10,400-square-foot preview center, where potential buyers can get more details, is set to open in February across Ocean Boulevard from the tower, Lowe said.
Ocean 22 will be the first lodging tower to open along Ocean Boulevard since 2009, when the second tower at the Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront opened. Construction of new hotels stopped during the recession, and the market has tried to correct itself from the overbuilding.
The new 220-unit timeshare tower will have a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and a kids play area.
Ocean 22 is one of three new lodging towers in the works for the oceanfront in Myrtle Beach. Work is getting ready to start on a 14-story Homewood Suites Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center at 1805 S. Ocean Blvd., which plans to open in spring 2016.
And another tower that plans to have an elevated pedestrian walkway over Ocean Boulevard at 17th Avenue North is working its way through the city's approval process. Virginia-based Buchanan Motels LLC has proposed the 23-floor, 252-unit oceanfront hotel, with an indoor water park and parking garage across the street.