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What’s the status of the planned coastal events center in Brunswick County?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews

An approximately $50 million coastal events center planned for more than 830 acres on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County has been put on hold because of the slumping economy.

“That project is delayed indefinitely,” Assistant County Manager Steve Stone said.

The overall  plans for the coastal events center included horse trails, a public farmers’ market, a children’s discovery village, a multipurpose community hall, festival grounds, an events arena and a cultural arts center

Though the project has been put on hold, the horse trails still might have a chance, Stone said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is  redoing a study of the wetlands in the area because the original determination was done during a drought. Once that is completed, possibly in a the next few months, the county can likely go forward with the trails, Stone said.

The county received a $75,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2008 to renovate 5.6 miles of existing trails, construct a new one-mile trail and build trail signs at the site. Stone said the county still has that grant until September. He also said the county might be able to apply for an extension.

An events center steering committee has stopped meeting about the project but has not disbanded, Stone said.

County Manager Marty Lawing said the site could also someday be home to a new high school and a light industrial park. The county still has $170,000 in its budget to conduct a master plan for the area.

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