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EdVenture Temporarily Closes After City Pledges New Facility & $55,400 In ATAX

EDVENTURE IS CLOSED UNTIL A NEW FACILITY IS FOUND OR BUILT.  The city of Myrtle Beach has not made it clear to taxpayers who exactly pays for the new, private facility and how it will be financed?

EdVenture Myrtle Beach is closed until further notice due to maintenance issues the post reads on the company’s website.   Yet, the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee gave them $55,400 for advertising this year?

The former Children’s Museum made front page news over the past few years as the city of Myrtle Beach decided to move the facility to the Myrtle Beach SuperBlock.  The city’s plans on that move are still unresolved.  EdVenture is a privately owned concern.

Last February, after visiting the Edventure facility in Columbia, S.C., Mayor Brenda Bethune spoke about the project.  “We go back to the table and prioritize what we want to do, put some hard costs to some of those priorities and look into some of the things they shared with us today and really get down to what is doable and what isn’t, and come up with a plan for what is the best place to start,” Bethune said

I think as long as we keep the public and the businesses involved in what we’re doing and properly communicate vision, and what we heard today, it’s not just about having vision, it’s about having the strategic plan to implement it,” Bethune said.   Moving forward, Bethune told the local Sun News that the biggest challenge will be figuring out how to pay for downtown revitalization, “and that’s where a lot of planning and deep conversations will have to take place.”

A conceptual plan for the facility was put out by the City of Myrtle Beach earlier this year.  According to plans presented to the city by LS3P this past February, the children’s museum would be two stories high, and a new, Chapin Library would be four stories. On the second floor of the library, plans show an exhibit hall and a covered terrace. The third floor shows space for classrooms and office space. The fourth floor would be a roof garden and observation deck that would have a view of the ocean.

The Ocean Is Not Pictured.  It would be found on the bottom, just below this map

The city of Myrtle Beach has not yet made it clear to taxpayers who exactly pays for the new, private facility and how it will be financed?

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About David Hucks

Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com