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Old 07-28-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Though the Riverfront Park now looks beautiful and revitalized, it is true that the adjacent marina and Holderby's Landing has seen better days. Mayor Williams explains how it is/has been a problem and that it is on his agenda of things-to-do, along with a plethora of other initiatives.

City wants new vision for fading marina - The Herald Dispatch

Nothing is planned as of yet but I would like to hear about how you guys would revitalize or even reinvent the marina. A sort of brainstorm.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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Oh and just curious...does anyone else think that this new mayor is working overtime or what? Lol. We can't go a week without hearing something new from this guy.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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They need to lift the barge out of the water and go for a total redo. It would be nice if they could make it look more like what they've done with Schooner's. The restaurant has to be a barge as the Corp won't let them build much of anything on that side of the flood wall. The attached docks need a total redo as well.

If they put some money into it though, it will be well received and likely very much worth it. We finally have a mayor with a vision and the determination to see it through!
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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One issue that I feel is it's lack of access. Only locals are aware of it and sometimes those that have lived here for only a few years don't know about it. You have to drive through Riverfront which is basically hidden as it is. It is not completely in the way, as there is no flood-wall access, but the location of WV Steel doesn't help either.

Although, the industries between downtown and Highlawn provide a huge income for the city, they are located on what could be prime residential, retail, and commercial real estate.

If they get some better access to that area, they could renovate an entire barge into something more than a restaurant and/or bar. They could turn it into another Heritage Station-like property. Maybe even invest in another barge, connect them and you have a very unique riverfront experience.

OR

Same idea but make a boardwalk instead. (I don't know if building code would allow something like this.)

I believe that using that space wisely can make boating on the river MUCH more appealing. (All of this with dock improvements too of course.)

The article says that the city is not looking into getting into the marina business, but they are wanting to reinvent Huntington.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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I like the idea of a boardwalk type of setup.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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I looked it up and lots of river cruises go by Huntington on the Ohio River but few actually stop there. The city needs to find a way to get those river cruise companies to stop more in Huntington. Revitalizing the marina could help with that. A boardwalk or barge(s) with restaurants and shops would be a unique destination along the route between Pittsburgh and Cincy. Outside of the fact that those two cities are extravagant in comparison. Although, the marina is downtown and all of that stuff mentioned above is about a quarter of a mile away anyway, but it's just a thought.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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I looked it up and lots of river cruises go by Huntington on the Ohio River but few actually stop there. The city needs to find a way to get those river cruise companies to stop more in Huntington. Revitalizing the marina could help with that. A boardwalk or barge(s) with restaurants and shops would be a unique destination along the route between Pittsburgh and Cincy. Outside of the fact that those two cities are extravagant in comparison. Although, the marina is downtown and all of that stuff mentioned above is about a quarter of a mile away anyway, but it's just a thought.
It might be just a thought, but it's a great thought, one which I'm sure Mayor Williams shares. He likes to think big, and in terms of river entertainment, there isn't much bigger in the area than riverboats. A dock for them would surely be considered and if I were you, I'd pitch your idea about the boardwalk concept (which is brilliant, by the way) to him to at least add another potential to the project.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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It might be just a thought, but it's a great thought, one which I'm sure Mayor Williams shares. He likes to think big, and in terms of river entertainment, there isn't much bigger in the area than riverboats. A dock for them would surely be considered and if I were you, I'd pitch your idea about the boardwalk concept (which is brilliant, by the way) to him to at least add another potential to the project.
Okay I will then. Thank you for the compliment by the way. Even if Mayor Williams is skeptical about the idea, maybe it will put some ideas into his head and he will come up with something just as good or better.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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"Nothing will be left of the riverfront marina once we're done," Williams said. "We'll then begin soliciting proposals on a riverfront development plan."
City, business agree to remove barge | The Herald-Dispatch
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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I'm anxious to see that redevelopment plan
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