New Life Coming to Former Charlie’s Place Site

By Maggie Lorenz, WBTW

The former site of Charlie’s Place on Carver Street in Myrtle Beach, which once served as an epicenter for African American music and heritage, will get a major face lift.

The City of Myrtle Beach is set to get about $480,000 in federal grant money to help with community development and plans to use a majority of that to rebuild and renovate Charlie’s Place. That money comes from the more than $2 million the county gets from Community Development Block Grants.

Herbert Riley, who’s helping spearhead the efforts, said he would also like to bring shops and businesses to the property. “This can work as an economic springboard to bring this community back to life,” Riley said. “And that’s what many of us would like to see.”

Carver Street is home to the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, which aims in part to raise awareness about the historical importance of Charlie’s Place.

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