BELVILLE, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Belville are in the early stages of trying to convert undeveloped land into trails, a boardwalk and an area to shop and eat. But, the project is still a long way off and there are still lots of hurdles to go over.
At its commissioners meeting earlier this week, town leaders gave the okay for Commissioner Joe Breault to explore the project until he gets to a stage where the town has to make a financial commitment.
He said a business he's talked to is interested in opening up a restaurant on the site. He said getting private entities involved would help to reduce or eliminate the cost for the town. A developer he said is excited about the project and has volunteered to draw up blueprints for the area at no cost to the town.
"There are so many things that could be done with the property in terms of being a benefit to the public as well as the state and county of course," Breault said.
The site is right across the street from Belville Elementary and Breault said the area would be used to teach kids about nature.
The next step is talking to the Brunswick County Commissioners to see if they would go along with the project because the area is on county land.
"Now that we think it's viable, we're going to approach the county commissioners and at least request that they're aware that we're investigating this opportunity and once we have it defined, we'll come back before them," Breault said.
He said once several other projects in Belville and neighboring Leland are complete, it would create a 2.5 mile stretch of waterfront area.
"The main benefit that you'll have is you'll have one contiguous public accessible waterfront all the way from Leland down here to the park," he said.
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