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Myrtle Beach’s Kings Highway Gets A Little Attention

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July 24, 2008

By Lorena Anderson – The Sun News

Ever since Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand mall, Grande Dunes, Robert M. Grissom Parkway and The Market Common opened, Kings Highway has been a little overlooked.

Until today, that is.

A group of city officials, Coastal Carolina University professors, tourism researchers and others interested in the corridor’s future are getting together to talk about the possibilities.

Myrtle Beach Planning Department interns surveyed the road last summer and found there were about 30 vacant buildings and properties along Kings Highway, including the former Pavilion and Myrtle Square Mall sites. Another survey this summer shows things haven’t changed much, said city planner Diane Moskow-McKenzie.

Some buildings have been reoccupied, some vacated and some repurposed, Planning Director Jack Walker said, but as businesses have expanded and moved to larger venues – such as Broadway at the Beach – Kings Highway has stagnated.

“It’s the area where there has been the least development over the past 20 years,” said City Councilman Wayne Gray, who will be at this morning’s meeting.

On the agenda: The vacancy survey, the factors contributing to vacancies and the purpose of Kings Highway.

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