Myrtle Beach is Getting Ready for Construction Projects

Nov. 11, 2022
Construction lies ahead for the Myrtle Beach Arts and Innovation District

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Arts and Innovation district is preparing to launch some construction projects that will have an impact on the area for the next few years. The city of Myrtle Beach held a public information meeting on Wednesday to go over what’s next on its to-do list to transform the Arts and Innovations District.

Plans to renovate the area have been brewing for a few years now, but they are ready to get off the page and begin the timeline process.

Myrtle Beach Assistant City Manager Brian Tucker said that "Pardon our progress" will be the city's new slogan as major projects are launching across Oak Street and Ninth Avenue.

"I'm pushing, we're pushing, to be almost fully done in the next five years," he said. 

The city will begin taking bids for construction next Friday in an effort to make the turnaround time quick.

They're expecting to start moving dirt by Spring 2023.

Tucker explained, "It's a very dense concentration of projects but again we're trying to create, we're trying to focus on street scaping, focus on the vertical construction, and make sure all of that blends well together and creates the type of environment we want to create in downtown myrtle beach."

Those projects include: 

  • A new city square
  • City scaping throughout the downtown area
  • Straightening Oak Avenue
  • Construction of the Broadway Theatre

Of course, like any construction project, there are some challenges ahead.

"This does come with road closures, road detours' so basically, the area behind me at 9th Avenue and Oak, that area will probably be closed in March of next year, March of 2023, and may stay closed for an entire two-year stretch," said Tucker. "It's a commitment. It's a big deal."

Brian Tucker said they already have imaginations and ideas in place for a 10-year plan, which includes a new police station.

Tucker also said that based on their plans and timelines for growing the Arts and Innovation District, many areas of the downtown scene are expected to be under some sort of construction for the next five years.



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