Purpose would be to support Cherry Point, Morehead City port

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

Walsh said the park could act as an “inland port” that could help in transporting loads to and from the port at Morehead City.

Working to support port transport is part of the goal, Lewis said.

“If a company was going to ship something to the port and they needed someplace to drop it off that was secure and they needed four acres and 100,000 square feet, right now Havelock’s not an option,” Lewis said. “We’re not even prepared for that. I think that having a plan on what we would do economic development-wise with a park would give us that opportunity.”

The park could also support Cherry Point.

“They only take trucks at the base at certain times of the day,” Lewis said. “We could offer a secure parking area where these people can only be three miles from the gate. They can park inside the fence. They know that they’re safe. Their cargo is safe, they can park, sleep and get up the next morning and head to the base. So that’s a way that this project will strengthen our relationship with the base.”

The plan would be for the park to be located west of the proposed U.S. 70 bypass, but Sanders, Lewis and Walsh all agreed that the idea is very early in the planning stages.

“Putting a plan together between the port, the rail, the state, the city, the land owners and everybody involved takes a lot of planning and that’s where we’re at right now,” Walsh said. “We’re in the planning stages. The difference is that we’re prepared. We have the money. We have water and sewage capacity. All we have to do is put it together now.”



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