Havelock to seek grant for Lewis Farm Road park project

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM.

It was a case of "can’t we all get along" at the Havelock board of commissioners meeting Monday night.

Vowing to work with local residents, the board voted to move forward with a state grant application that could ultimately lead to development of a recreation park at the end of Lewis Farm Road just beyond the city’s limits.

The vote was split, with Commissioner Danny Walsh voicing opposition to the city’s plan to apply for a $500,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant to develop a portion of a 47.8-acre property into a recreation area. The city would have to use the value of the land as its part of a $500,000 match for the grant, but appraisals on the land range widely from $60,000 to $608,000. City planners say that in addition to the grant funds, the city would have to pay $75,874 to complete two lighted ball fields, bathrooms, a concession stand and a parking lot on the tract.

Regardless of the whether the grant is approved, Havelock will still be deeded the property from the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.

Several residents voiced concerns about the plan during the meeting.

Inga DeRoche said she opposed the plan and instead expressed support for the purchase of a $1.1 million, 15-acre tract on Greenfield Heights Boulevard.

George Corbin said the city needed to get financial support from the Craven County to finance Havelock recreation.

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