CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – A plan for waterfront apartments in Conway was presented for the first time to the Conway City Council on Monday night.
“This would be one way to get that, sort of, catalyst for everything else that’s going to be going on downtown,” said Planning Director for the City of Conway, Adam Emrick.
Two apartment complexes are being proposed, but one would go directly on Kingston Lake. The waterfront apartment complex would be built between Highway 905 and the Ocean Fish Market.
According to President and Owner of the Pace Group, Van Watts, the complex would be four stories tall and would include 40 units of one and two bedroom apartments.
“We think Conway’s a great opportunity,” said Watts. “It’s a great amenity to be able to walk out of your apartments, walk downtown, grab something to eat, shop, walk the riverfront. It’s a beautiful area.”
Watts said they also plan to add apartments to the Jerry Cox building and keep retail stores downstairs. The plans are not final; council and the Community Appearance Board still have to review and approve the proposals.
Conway’s city planner says this is a part of the city’s masterplan to expand the Riverwalk, and community members say it’s time for an upgrade.
“It’s a beautiful Riverwalk,” says Dale Dobson, who lives in Conway. “I’m out here exercising and enjoying the tranquility and beauty of the riverwalk.”
While the Riverwalk offers a scenic walking area, there is room for improvement.
“Asphalt’s in bad shape,” admits Emrick. “That’s not something we are proud of right now. This would be one way to get that catalyst for everything else that’s going to be going on downtown.”
The two apartment complexes are pieces to Conway’s plan to improve the downtown area. The idea is to offer live-work spaces that promote shopping, dining and interacting with Conway businesses.
“To get more people living downtown,” Emrick explains. “In fact, every plan the city has done says we need more vibrancy and one way to get that is to have more residential units downtown.”
The City of Conway has agreed to put in stormwater and parking infrastructure for the two complexes.
Watts said the projects should cost between $6 and $7 million and rent would probably be between $900 to $1,000 for a two bedroom unit. He said if all goes smoothly, the projects should be complete in the next year and a half.