JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- Onslow County Commissioner Paul Buchanan and Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips helped knock down a building in the between the bridges area of Jacksonville to make way for a new boat ramp facility Tuesday.
Buchanan says Jacksonville Landing will benefit the county by bringing in more visitors to the area.
"These buildings have been here for many, many years and now we've knocked these walls down getting prepared for a new facility which will be one of the best facilities in the state," he said.
Jacksonville Landing will sit directly across the new river from the current downtown boat ramp. Plans call for a visitors center, picnic area, kayak launch and three boat ramps.
Jacksonville resident Ron Brown lives on the banks of the New River and attended the Tuesday morning groundbreaking ceremony. He says the boat ramp facility could help revitalize the downtown Jacksonville area.
"We're happy about the boat ramp and the access to the river but but equally we're excited about the fact we're improving the look of the entrance to downtown Jacksonville," said Brown.
Plans call for Jacksonville Landing to have 100 parking spaces, 70 for trailered vehicles and 30 for cars. Construction of the facility is expected to take two years to complete.