The developer is keeping mum about a planned amusement feature off Ocean Boulevard, but he did drop a few hints to the Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday.
“It’s not tremendously high as compared to some of the other amusement attractions in the area. It is not loud,” said Brian Macho of CPC Oceanfront Delaware, LLC. “It will be some sort of visual feature as you’re traveling down Ocean Boulevard.”
Macho said he could not reveal what the attraction is because of a confidentiality agreement.
Nonetheless, the council voted on the first of two readings to rezone the property allowing for the amusement, short-term rental property and a parking garage.
The property is located off Ocean Boulevard between 14th Avenue North and 15th Avenue North, crossing Withers Drive, to Chester Street. It is across the boulevard from the Yachtsman and stretches to the rear of Chapin Memorial Library beside the former First Presbyterian Church.
The property is currently used as several parking lots and is zoned mixed-use high density. The change, if approved on the second reading, will put it into an amusement zone.
John Pedersen, city manager, told the council if the rezoning request passes the second reading it does not bind the developer to the original plans he presented to council and the city’s planning commission. The property boundaries touch the city’s amusement zone along the boulevard, he said, so it would not be out of place for the area.
Macho said there are plans to build the amusement feature on the second row, which is the western side of Ocean Boulevard across from the Yachtsman and Tin Roof. The third row, which is the property behind the amusement feature, plans include several short-term rental homes with six to eight bedrooms in each home and a four-story parking garage.
Macho said the rental homes are designed to fill a gap in the rental market for the city. Currently, he said, families that want to stay in one large home have to rent in Cherry Grove Beach, Garden City Beach and Pawleys Island.
The rezoning comes with a setback limit for the amusement feature of 220 feet from a church, school and library.
Macho said the short-term rental homes would be on the rear of the property making them across the street from the former church and Chapin Library.
The city’s Downtown Master Plan calls for the city to move the library and repurpose the building.
The property is in the Opportunity Zone that allows investors to receive federal tax benefits if money is invested before 2020.
The city’s amusement zone allows for residential uses such as single-family homes, a residential care facility of nine or less persons with mental or physical handicaps and a rooming or boarding house.
It also allows for a variety of commercial uses. Some of the other uses include an advertising agency, an art studio, a bakery, a bingo parlor, a bowling alley, a dance hall, a billiard parlor, a rock climbing wall and a visitor information reception center
The amusement zone allows for amusements, open or enclosed, less than 80 feet in height. It allows for the conditional use of amusements, open or enclosed, more than 80 feet in height.
The city council is scheduled to meet again on Aug. 6 at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center off Oak Street and Mr. Joe White Avenue. City council meetings begin at 10 a.m. but the agendas can be seen on the city’s site at cityofmyrtlebeach.com.