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Pieces of the dock for the marina being constructed at Philpott Lake were delivered Friday.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN -
Parts of the dock for the new marina at Philpott Lake were brought in, assembled and floated into the lake on Friday.
Jeff Turton, manager of the project, said the pieces of docks had been built separately in Henderson, N.C., and transported to Henry County.
Early Friday, workers bolted the various sized portions of dock together in anticipation of floating the dock out into the water and positioning it, Turton said.
"This is the section of the dock that the store will be located on," Turton said. Other sections of the dock -- including boat slips and the gangway -- still are being constructed, he said.
"It will probably be six to eight weeks" before those portions are ready to put in the lake, he said.
However, construction of the store is expected to begin this week, Turton said.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors approved building the $1.35 million marina to provide basic amenities to Philpott Lake visitors and boost tourism -- which would not only impact the surrounding area, but the county as well, officials have said.
The project's funding includes $785,971 from Henry County; $418,138 from the Harvest Foundation; and $150,000 from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC). The county's funds include $110,971 that was saved on a water line project at Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, officials have said.
The new marina is located at boat ramp one on the Henry County side of the lake near the visitor center. The marina will include a convenience store, restrooms and picnic area.