"City Council Adopts Myrtle Beach Downtown Master Plan" 3/12/2019
In July of 2018 the City undertook a master planning process to determine a clear path for the revitalization of Downtown Myrtle Beach. Over the next 8 months the general public was engaged in a variety of ways. In addition to opportunities at monthly DRC and City Council meetings, over 100 individuals were engaged through an initial series of small group listening sessions. Among others, the listening groups included business and property owners and operators, real estate professionals, developers, Coastal Carolina University, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Economic Development, and potential investors. The resulting plan was adopted by City Council in March 2019. Phase 1 Implementation Updates are given to City Council each month. The Downtown Development Office, City Managers, and Department Heads meet each month to review the update presentation together. The City has placed a high level of importance on establishing this cross-functional team dedicated to the necessary collaboration and communication it will take to execute the Downtown Master Plan vision.
A New Vision for Downtown
The vision developed for the Master Plan was primarily based on extensive public input, listening sessions with City Council and a variety of focus groups, and results of the Downtown Assessment. Our vision statements are based on the ideal conditions for downtown will be in the future if the issues and values important to the community are completely addressed.
"Vision Based on Identity" The vision statement themes, ideas and values were organized by geographic identity and location. Early on in the development of the Master Plan, it became clear that there were four distinct geographies within downtown Myrtle Beach.
The Oceanfront is a vibrant, safe and accessible year-round destination for locals, metro residents and visitors. New family attractions, parks, an improving food scene and new/restored motels are drawing visitors in record numbers. The extended Boardwalk links up Withers Swash, the Oceanfront and 14th Avenue North to residential areas and close in neighborhoods east and west of King’s Highway. The energy of the Oceanfront now spreads in three rows.
Broadway Street & Main Street, the historic heart of downtown, is flourishing. Empty nesters, young couples and families are living, working and playing along the street. Most neighbors in the revitalized residential areas surrounding downtown just walk or bike to Broadway on new greenways, trails and sidewalks. Small independent services, professional offices and retailers are taking hold. Locals have reclaimed “Main Street”
King’s Highway corridor has been tamed, softened and shaded. New streetscapes and intersections calm traffic and improve safety. Improved landscaping requirements have greened the street. Changing public art at key intersections creates a cool vibe and provides visual landmarks for visitors. This corridor now has Myrtle Beach identity.
The Arts & Innovation District is the perfect weave of arts, culture, craft and creativity. It draws locals and visitors year-round with live performances, craft beers/spirits, a small food hall and market in unique and historic structures. Across King’s Highway, the old pavilion is a lively new mixed-use destination that delivers thousands of daily visitors.
Top Five in Five...
"TOP FIVE IN FIVE" represent the top 5 priorities our City Leaders wish to accomplish in the first 5 years of Downtown Master Plan implementation. While all of the themes and strategies presented in the Master Plan are important to the success of its implementation, five major recommendations emerged that should drive the focus of the implementation efforts.
The "Top 5 in 5" model is explained more in depth in Section 4 of the Downtown Master Plan.
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Heart of Downtown
Position the City Square, Broadway Street and the Arts & Innovation District as the heart of downtown.
Develop a capital improvement program, development strategy and overall plan of action for the City Square, Broadway Street and the Arts District to guide and ignite the development of a vibrant residential and cultural arts experience in Myrtle Beach.
Reclaiming The Downtown
Myrtle Beach’s Arts and Innovation District advanced plan can anchor a resilient, adaptive, sustainable, and innovative city. The advanced planning ought to build upon the masterplan’s basic tenants valuing arts and innovation. The Arts and Innovation district must be easily walkable, have a sense of play, is safe, is easy to navigate, and provides for neighborhoods that promote ongoing public and private participation. If we envision a re-emergent downtown originating from our collective memories, stories, historic buildings, and materials it will be a genuine place reflective of Myrtle Beach. Of all areas in town, this area, this downtown, must recognize the many institutions and individuals that had the courage to better our community, including today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. Through multifaceted design we create a future full of promise providing a genuine and vibrant downtown elevating Myrtle Beach and its rich coastal history.