Renderings of the Children's Museum and Library (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government)
The City of Myrtle Beach has announced a big change that will be coming to Downtown Myrtle Beach in the near future. Officials have plans to construct a new Chapin Library as well as a new Children’s Museum in the area of Ninth Avenue North and Nance Plaza.
Properties located in the Superblock area will be purchased by the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation beginning on January 24, 2017. Businesses will be bought out at fair market prices between willing sellers and willing buyers. The DRC will draw from a $10 million line of credit that was established by the City of Myrtle Beach in 2016 for public investment.
Chapin Memorial Library will move from its current location at Chapin Park to the new establishment, and the Children’s Museum of South Carolina (now in partnership with EdVenture), will relocate from its current location on Oak Street near 21st Avenue North, too. The Children’s Museum will be built from the ground up after the old Superblock buildings have been demolished. It is said that the museum will accommodate children with special needs so that all can enjoy the new facility.
Mayor Rhodes stated that these changes are taking place to not only to open these two new modern attractions, but also to bring more life and attract more people to the area.
Right now, no amount of funding has been set for Children’s Museum, but the City Council aims to figure these details out during budget meetings this spring. Below are renderings of the new buildings, but changes will most likely be made and final designs will be developed over the new few months or so.
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