In an effort to generate more economic activity in the Town during the fall, winter, and spring months, and also to promote quality redevelopment in the Islander Drive area (known as Village West in the Town's land use plan and zoning regulations), the Town is pursuing the development of a new "meeting and events center" in this area of Emerald Isle. The "meeting and events center" is intended to host trade and professional associations and other large public events in Emerald Isle, and would be constructed and operated in partnership with a commercial partner.
As the first step toward this goal, the Town has executed a contract for the purchase of a 1.8 acre parcel of land on Islander Drive that is the site of an abandoned go-kart track. The parcel is located directly adjacent to the Town's Western Ocean Regional Access facility, and the Town intends to combine the parcels (and potentially others) for the future development of the "meeting and events center" at this location. Specific plans will be developed by Town officials in the coming months, and the Town will ultimately solicit proposals from potential private partners for the construction of the project. The Town envisions the new facility will include both public and private components, including an enhanced public beach access facility, the new "meeting and events center", and private commercial investment in an attractive and dynamic center of activity in this underutilized area of Emerald Isle. The Town is seeking economic development funding from Carteret County for this land purchase, and, if funding is awarded, the Town expects to close on the land purchase in June. The Town's first task will be to clean-up the property shortly after taking ownership in June.
For more information about the land purchase and the proposed "meeting and events center", please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-03-14-2017-Item-9 .