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      Out with the old, in with the new on Ocean Boulevard

      A Myrtle Beach hotel on Ocean Boulevard shut down in January and is in the process of being demolished.

      But there are already big plans for that space in the works.

      The hotel was called Palmetto Shores and stood between 17th Ave N and 18th Ave N off Ocean Boulevard.

      Bob Singleton, executive vice president of Buchanan Motels, says the company plans to create a new place for vacationers in that space.

      "First class oceanfront resort, hotel, complete with parking garage and on the ground level will be an indoor waterpark," he said.

      The Myrtle Beach planning department is currently evaluating the site. Staff members are making sure it will have public access to beaches and sidewalks.

      "We're trying to make sure that the level of public benefits are balanced out by what's going on with the development," said Allison Hardin, a planner with the city.

      The next step is for the planning commission to hold a public hearing which will take place on Sept. 16th.

      If the planning commission recommends approval, the plans get passed on to city council.

      From there, the project will go through two votes by city council. If it passes, a building permit will be given to the company.