Businesses, Myrtle Beach clash over Columbia children’s museum expansion plans

THE POST AND COURIER, 22 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:

Andrew and Lacy Paulussen spent 11 months finding the right location for their new business in Myrtle Beach. They were moving from New Jersey to open a home hardware store that would serve a city experiencing a housing boom.

They found a perfect spot, where the main traffic artery U.S. Highway 501 reaches the beach, and the couple opened their store, House Parts, in 2006. A decade later, Myrtle Beach also believes it is the perfect spot — for a library and an expanded children’s museum to be overseen by Columbia-based EdVenture.

About 10 other business owners have sold their properties, according to Mayor John Rhodes, but the Paulussens and another property owner have resisted the city’s overtures, prompting it to threaten to exercise the power of eminent domain, when a government forces the sale of private property to make way for a public use. 

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