Want to ask a question? Click here

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

Shelby Sebens

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.

User-contributed question by:
Tracy Rollins
Tracy Rollins

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!

Bookmark and Share

Ask a question

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.

Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Your question:

Post a comment

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.

Your comment: