Horry-Georgetown Technical College wants to spend $13.1 million to improve its Myrtle Beach campus.
The improvements would focus on upgrading four buildings — an administrative building, classrooms, a conference center and the library — as well as constructing new sidewalks and curbs in order for the campus to be consistent with The Market Common.
“This campus is unique from the Conway campus and the Georgetown campus because they are truly campuses, but not necessarily embedded in the community,” HGTC President Marilyn Fore said during this week’s city council meeting. “This is why this is your community college.”
Most of the campus was built in the 1950s, Fore said. The first phase of construction will focus on improving the sidewalks along Pampas Drive, Hemlock Avenue, Gabreski Lane, Crabtree Land and Swallow Avenue.
Fore said the Horry County Transportation Committee invested about $500,000 to improve the sidewalks.
“We want to blend to the improvements of Market Common,” Fore said. “We want to make it safe, functional and it to blend in with the rest of the community and for it to be accessible to everybody.”
Future projects will include renovations of the interior and exterior of the buildings as well as improving technology.
Fore said the Chapin Foundation awarded the college $200,000 to renovate the library, but said it will cost between $3 and $4 million to improve technology on the campus.
“I am projecting that this is going to be the largest campus in time because of where it’s located and because of the amount of property we have there and because it is so much embedded in the community,” Fore said.
Fore already is anticipating future growth on the campus, with hopes of implementing a court reporting program.
Construction on the sidewalks is expected to begin in August 2019. But the project depends on a roughly $3 million city project to put all utilities underground in the area of the campus.
The underground utility project is part of a larger city-wide initiative to put power lines underground over a 10-year span.
“We don’t like things to be done and redone,” Myrtle Beach Councilman Phil Render said. “I think anything we can do to help build this community asset is incumbent upon us to do so.”