Freestyle park site has new owner, op­tions

The Sun News - - Front Page - BY TYLER FLEM­ING tflem­[email protected]­sun­

The site of the for­mer Freestyle Mu­sic Park, lo­cated across the wa­ter­way off of U.S. 501, was sold a cou­ple of days after Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to Horry County records.

The new owner’s ad­dress is lo­cal to Myr­tle Beach, and the sale was fi­nal­ized Dec. 27, ac­cord­ing to the Horry County GIS map. The land was pur­chased for $3,545,000, Horry County on­line tax records show.

The new own­ers are listed as FTPP Bishop Park­way LLC, a com­pany lo­cated in Myr­tle Beach. The listed agent for the prop­erty is a lo­cal and for­mer Myr­tle Beach Area Cham­ber of Com­merce Chair Robert S.

Guy­ton, ac­cord­ing to the South Carolina Sec­re­tary of State web­site.

Pre­vi­ously called the Hard Rock Park, the area once was hoped to be a ma­jor at­trac­tion just on the out­skirts of Myr­tle Beach. It has changed hands a few times, in­clud­ing when a Chi­nese com­pany bought the land back in 2016. Some of the rides for the park have gone in­ter­na­tional, with one be­ing used in Viet­nam.

The new owner’s com­pany was or­ga­nized last Oc­to­ber. The Sun News reached out to Guy­ton to see what his plans for the prop­erty are but he was un­avail­able at time of pub­li­ca­tion.

The lot has gained some no­to­ri­ety on­line even after its death. In fact, YouTube videos giv­ing peo­ple a glimpse into the longa­ban­doned area have thou­sands of views.

The land is cur­rently zoned as a planned de­vel­op­ment dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to the GIS map, and is a prime spot for po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment for hous­ing or an­other tourist at­trac­tion.

There are a va­ri­ety of op­tions for what the new landown­ers can build, in­clud­ing a mix of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial as long as a co­her­ent plan is pre­sented to Horry County Plan­ning staff for ap­proval.

The Sun News file photo

What pre­vi­ously was the Hard Rock Park and Freestyle Mu­sic Park just on the out­skirts of Myr­tle Beach has changed hands a few times, in­clud­ing when a Chi­nese com­pany bought the land back in 2016.

The Sun News file photo

The park­ing lot was choked with weeds and signs on the build­ings had rot­ted at the de­funct Freestyle Mu­sic Park off Ge­orge Bishop Park­way west of Myr­tle Beach as far back as Sept. 3, 2014.

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