Town Purchases Two Properties For Parking; Lifeguard Station

Town Purchases Two Properties For Parking; Lifeguard Station

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 21 August 2019 16:34

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  The Carolina Beach Town Council voted during their August 13th, meeting to purchase property at 310 Canal Drive to be used for public parking for beach access. On Tuesday August 20th, they voted to purchase a building at 3 Carolina Beach Avenue South - on the Boardwalk - to relocate a lifeguard station.
According to Jerry Haire - Project Manager - grant funding is available through the State's CAMA Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Grant Program.

Haire explained, "In April staff submitted a preapplication for funding to assist with the purchase of a .14 acre lot located at 310 Canal Dr. for continued use as public beach access parking. In July the Town was approved to submit a final application. The Town has leased this property for a number of years but for this year the owner opted not to renew the lease with the Town and has indicated she wishes to build or sell."

He explained, "This lot is one of several adjacent and adjoined properties the Town utilizes for beach parking. The 310 Canal lot comprises 12 of the total 86 spaces in the combined Town lots."

The grant will fund 85%  or $195,500 of the $230,000 purchase with the Town paying the remaining $34,500.

The Council approved a resolution to enter into a contract to purchase the property during the August 13th, meeting. The application deadline to file for the grant is September 6th. Grant awards will be announced in October.

The Town can not close on the property until they are awarded the grant.

Following a special meeting of the Council on August 20th, the Council voted to purchase property at 3 Carolina Beach Avenue South on the downtown Boardwalk across from the Gazebo for $337,500 from Joseph Middleton of Raleigh, NC. The building was formerly home to "The Shell Shop".

The Town will pay cash for the land and the building. Later this year the Town will seek approval from the NC Local Government Commission to finance the purchase. The Council stated the purpose is for Lifeguard storage.

The Town has historically leased another property on the Boardwalk at a cost of $3,000 paid quarterly. Recently the owner of that building said the lease amount would increase.

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