Horry County allows condo owners back into Renaissance Tower

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David Hucks 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

Tenants of Renaissance Tower are slowly returning into their units at the 22-story condominium tower building, this afternoon, Feb. 25, 2023.

The high rise was closed by Horry County for structural concerns for the past 4 months. Horry County previously allowed no one to occupy the building.

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More condo owners and tenants are expected to check into the tower located between the Ocean Lakes and Lakewood campgrounds in the coming days.

One condo owner, on return today, said his unit is in relatively good condition, but the hallways in the building smell as if they have been disinfected and have plug-in air fresheners.

Empress Management, the Myrtle Beach property management firm that oversees the building, did not respond to requests from the media for comments today.

A lawsuit filed by the condo owners exists and continues.

As we reported, on Oct. 7, 2022 Horry County Fire and rescue began evacuating tourists staying in the 22 story high-rise, Renaissance Tower, at Myrtle Beach Resort at 4 p.m. on that day.

As we also previously reported on October 13th, a class action lawsuit filed on October 13th states those responsible for overseeing Myrtle Beach’s Renaissance Tower knew for years about steadily worsening damage to the structural steel making the high rise unsafe for occupancy.

The emergency repairs to shore up the building that began shortly after Thanksgiving cost $1.3 million, according to Horry County records.

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