Plans for Myrtle Beach’s Grande Dunes Discussed


Representatives from LStar met with Myrtle Beach officials recently, to discuss the results of a comprehensive six month planning process that explored preliminary design and development objectives for Grande Dunes. The 2,200 acre property was acquired in December. LStar’s initial concepts include a 21 mile network of trails and parks that would connect Grande Dunes to the extensive East Coast Greenway trail system. This proposed pedestrian and bicycle park system would provide a contiguous network of trails that connect all of the undeveloped land within Grande Dunes to the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Grande Dunes possesses many miles of undeveloped frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway, and the firm outlined a plan to preserve this water frontage as open space to create a 3.2 mile linear public park. Focal points along the trail network would include the existing marina, the YMCA and dog park, new parks, as well as many miles of waterfront trails that would be open to the public.

LStar also expressed a desire to work closely with City, County and State officials to investigate an extensive beautification project along the 3 miles of frontage that Grande Dunes’ possesses on Highway 17 and the 17 bypass. A key component of the visual enhancement program is the creation of pedestrian crossing points along these two major traffic ways.

LStar’s conceptual plans included artists’ rendering of a vision for Grande Dunes Marina Village.  Preliminary ideas for the Marina Village, which could be accessed by car, or through the proposed trail network, could include a waterfront park which could act as a venue for public events and performances. The Marina Village concept envisions the creation of waterfront restaurants, hotels, extensive retail development as well as residential neighborhoods with trails linking all the elements to the park system.

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