Work on new 23-story Myrtle Beach resort to begin in May

This 2013 file photo shows vacationers along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach. Construction is to begin in May on a 23-story resort which will include an extension of the boardwalk by three blocks.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Construction is to begin in May on a 23-story resort in Myrtle Beach — a project that includes extending the city’s oceanfront boardwalk.

Local media outlets report that the $42 million resort being developed by Buchanan Motels of Virginia will have 252 units. Plans call for the developer to donate about $1 million to the city to extend the north end of the boardwalk by three blocks.

The developer had initially requested permission to build an elevated walkway over Ocean Boulevard to a parking garage but the plan was dropped after local opposition.

City Council approved the new plans Tuesday.

Officials think it will take two years to build both the resort and the boardwalk extension to reach it.