Myrtle Beach may get another high-rise resort

08/19/2014 3:25 PM

08/19/2014 3:28 PM

Another new high-rise resort could be in store for Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, replacing the Palmetto Shores Oceanfront Resort.

Demolition of the three buildings that make up Palmetto Shores, situated on North Ocean Boulevard at 17th Avenue North, began about six weeks ago when the first five-story building came down.

Crews were working on the 11-story, second building this week, said Stephen Riggi, general manager with the Summerville-based Lowcountry Wrecking Corp.

“We hope to have all the vertical structures down by the middle of September,” Riggi said.

Riggi said demolition crews are waiting for the asbestos to be cleared from the third building – a six-story structure – before they can begin on it.

Heidi Soos, in the city’s construction services office, said the city has not yet issued a permit for demolition of the third building, but it is in the works.

“They’re building some new, modern lodging,” Riggi said. “Some contemporary towers.”

Soos said the city has not received plans for what will go in place of those structures, but the Palmetto Shores website says there will be a new, modern resort in its place featuring pools and lazy rivers, activities, dining and entertainment.

Crews are working on the Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which will sit five blocks north on the stretch of beach between Schooner II Beach and Racquet Club and Boardwalk Hotel on North Ocean Boulevard at 22nd Avenue North. It is scheduled to open May 2015.

The 220-unit timeshare is the first new lodging establishment to be built in Myrtle Beach since construction stopped during the Great Recession. No new hotels have been built in the city since 2009.

Jeff Angel, general manager of Atlantica Oceanfront Resort, wrote in a letter on the Palmetto Shores website that the new property is projected to open in 2016. He said Monday he could not comment further on the future project.

He encouraged guests to consider staying at Atlantica, which has buildings on either side of Palmetto Shores.

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