Purpose would be to support Cherry Point, Morehead City port

Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 08:49 AM.

The idea of creating a business/industrial park on the west end of the city has been kicked around for a couple of years now. The city originally had planned to construct a business park on land near the proposed U.S. 70 bypass, but the state objected, Sanders said.

“The idea was good. The location was not,” he said. “DOT really was not supportive of that location. They were supportive of the idea. They are supportive of the concept. They were not supportive of the location.”

Sanders said that the city is pursuing purchase of land northwest of the city for the park. Lewis said the locations are 300 to 400 acres large. Neither would say exactly which properties were being considered as the city was in negotiations for the purchase.

“We’ve looked at several properties and we’re negotiating with some folks as we speak on how to put something together,” said Danny Walsh, a Havelock commissioner who is a board member of the Havelock Regional Development Corporation.

Walsh said that city tax money would not be used to purchase the property, that instead it would come from the corporation, which has money in the bank from the sale of property in the original industrial park.

Lewis said an industrial park would help Havelock’s economic diversity and help the port at Morehead City.

“The port at Morehead City is landlocked and has nowhere to grow and yet they need to grow,” he said. “If the port wants to expand, they need somewhere inland to operate. With this potential site, we’ll have railroad access and Highway 70 access and request a light. Whether we get one or not is another thing.”



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