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Belville looks at building riverwalk to benefit whole county

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Belville hopes to build riverwalk to benefit whole county Belville hopes to build riverwalk to benefit whole county

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Belville Commissioner Joe Breault is hoping to build a riverwalk along the Brunswick River, he says the project would benefit the whole county.

The plans for the project include a kayak/canoe facility, a fishing pier, a boardwalk, paths, viewing towers, and solar lighting.  The entire project is estimated to cost around $2,160,000.

A private developer has also agreed to build a restaurant and four boutiques on the property, if all of the plans are approved.

The site along the river is owned by Brunswick County, so the plans have to be approved by the Brunswick Board of Commissioners as well as the Brunswick Planning Board before the project can become a reality.

They also have to before several agencies.

Breault says the riverwalk would serve as an educational tool for students and those visiting because there are fish and alligator habitats on the land. He also says there is a lot of history, the walk would connect to two civil war sites.

"Troupes camped along here," said Breault. "We intend to preserve those sites as part of our history."

Above all, he says the riverwalk would bring more business to the area which would benefit the county as a whole.

"I see this as a way to drag business into the area as well as create a relaxing place and a learning tool," said Breault.

If all plans are approved, construction could start in 2 years.

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