MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday approved a rezoning plane that allows a former church to be turned into housing.

The building is located off of Highway 15 next to Pine Island Road.

Sarah Pope, CEO of the nonprofit organization, SOS Care said she is relieved by the approval and is ready to move on with her project.

The request that got approved rezones an acre of land from a single-family house into a multi-family house. City officials said the properties around the church are already zoned for multi-family use, so it could help fix a spot zoning issue.

Pope said the space was donated to them a while ago and that she’s excited to get started. However, she said there are some construction issues with the building they have to deal with first.

Pope said a date to start construction has not been set. She said their mission is to improve the lives of people with autism and intellectual disabilities and help them become as independent as they can.

“The initial cost for repurposing the church, we are looking for $30,000 right now, and then we haven’t done any cost estimates at this point,” she said.

Pope said SOS Care does a lot of fundraisers. To see how to donate, click here.

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