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New water tower to serve Brunswick-Columbus industrial parks gets design funding

Two undeveloped industrial parks ready for business tenants in Brunswick County are getting closer to accessing public utilities.

Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Brunswick County’s water tower in the Leland Industrial Park. The county is looking to add a 500,000-gallon capacity water storage tank to service two industrial parks near the Columbus County line that are currently awaiting development. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Brunswick County is working to make two industrial parks straddling the Columbus County line ready a more attractive option for prospective businesses.

Monday, the county approved a $185,479 contract to Dewberry Engineers to design a new elevated water storage tank that would serve the parks.

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A water transmission main extension design is already underway, marking a public investment in the projects as economic development coordinators wait for a business match.

Brunswick-Columbus parks

Mid-Atlantic International Rail Industrial Park and International Logistics Park are both located across Highway 74. At 1,040 acres, International Logistics is split between both Brunswick and Columbus Counties.

Across the highway, the 1,100-acre Mid-Atlantic International Rail Industrial Park backs a CSX main rail line. Both are North Carolina Certified Sites, a program administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce to determine “shovel ready” sites ready for immediate development.

In January, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a $122,400 design contract with Municipal Engineering Services Company, P.A. This project includes extending and designing a 16-inch water transmission main from Sandy Creek Drive in Northwest along Highway 74 toward the parks’ entrance.

The planned 2-mile main will be built in the event a viable tenant for the parks is identified, according to county documents. Bidding assistance, award recommendations, and construction inspection and administration services from Municipal Engineering Services Company once a business tenant is identified. The same company is also designing wastewater transmission systems for the parks for Columbus County.

Water tower

A water tower at the site is needed to help the park meet fire flow requirements, according to county documents. Brunswick County put out a request for qualifications in May for the design a 500,000-gallon steel and concrete composite tank.

Dewberry Engineers will design a new tank and the necessary on-site work to connect it to a newly-constructed main.

View Brunswick Business & Industry Development’s material on the two sites.

Below, view the proposed 2-mile water main extension and proximity of the proposed Mid-Atlantic International Rail Industrial Park and International Logistics Park to the Leland Industrial Park in Brunswick County:

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