MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — Hundreds of new apartments were approved by the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board on Thursday, prompting some residents to voice concerns.
The two projects approved Thursday would bring more than 500 new apartments combined to the city. A new complex will be built on Fred Nash Boulevard in the Market Common area. Six buildings of 228 apartments have been approved.
305 cottage-style rental units have also been approved between 71st and 76th Avenues. The woods along 71st Avenue will be cleared to make way for a horizontal apartment complex whose neighbors in the neighborhood are worried about traffic, infrastructure and what they have described as overcrowding.
“The density just seems extremely high,” said Michael Smith, who lives in the Siena Park neighborhood.
The neighbors are worried about the new units project next door.
“We just don’t think many rental units should be this close, really, to a single-family residential area,” Smith said.
Smith said he and his neighbors, along with others in neighboring Seville, understand that developers have the right to build, but must also consider communities as a whole, as these two neighborhoods join many others in the region concerned about growth and overpopulation.
“I don’t think we think we’re more special, but we don’t want our concerns heard by officials,” Smith said.
Smith and 10 of his neighbors filled the Community Appearance Board meeting on Thursday, where some members shared their feelings.
“I feel like a bit more should have been sacrificed in the project to reduce some of the density and give it a more harmonious feel,” said Community Appearance Board member Yosi Benezra.
After a long discussion in front of the board of directors, the plan was unanimously approved. The development team said it was taking into account neighbors’ concerns.
“The development team continues to work with neighboring communities to address some of their offsite concerns and we have been as proactive as possible,” said Cameron Parker of Development Resource Group.
The community billboard committee stressed the importance of phased construction so that lots don’t sit empty for months.
“We just don’t want unique circumstances in the market to derail something like this and become a problem for the city, and that’s part of our charge,” said Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board member James Hubbard. “We are taking care of all residents as much as possible.”
The plan did not require rezoning. The next step is for developers to obtain a building permit.