In 2006, a strategic plan was prepared that identified marine industries as one of the best potential markets in the near future for the Commerce Centre. In addition, a pre-feasibility study was undertaken to develop a conceptual design layout and preliminary cost estimates for a marine industrial park and related infrastructure within the Commerce Centre.
Simultaneously, in 2006, the North Carolina Marine Industrial Park Authority conducted a feasibility study for future growth because its current facility in Wanchese was built-out. The Perquimans County Commerce Centre was subsequently selected by the Authority as the #1 site for such a park.
During 2008, Perquimans County and the Authority signed a Letter of Intent that stated that the County would provide approximately 70 acres of Commerce Centre land to the Authority and enter into a partnership for the development of a marine park within the Commerce Centre. In 2009, an Operating Agreement was signed between the County and Authority that will provide for the development, promotion and operation of the Park.
The drawing below shows the proposed 2-phase inland basin to enhance access to the Perquimans River for marine companies building larger boats. Design and engineering work for this basin has been completed and the necessary environmental permits have been obtained. Efforts are now underway to obtain the necessary funding (approximately $6.5 million) to construct Phase 1 of the basin (see below) and a commitment from a boat builder to be the first tenant of the Marine Industrial Park.
Perquimans Marine Industrial Park Video
North Carolina Marine Industrial Park Authority contact:
Director, Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park