Eight years after announcing the project, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has announced that plans for a marina featured in the previous $100 million riverfront project have been scrapped.
The mayor called the development outcomes of a marina and boathouse “frustrating “. He also announced during the council meeting on May 8th the 2016 million-dollar boathouse project that was to be home to the city’s fire and police vessels is “virtually unusable” and the vessels are now moored at the Guyandotte Marina.
The Harris Riverfront marina was originally intended to be a centerpiece of the riverfront redevelopment, which aimed to transform the city’s downtown area. However, Mayor Williams cited the need and requested almost an additional half million dollars for a feasibility study on waterfront recreation capabilities for the riverfront area.
In 2015 Williams announced the $100 million 260-slip marina, boat repair and retail shop, boardwalk with shopping, and eventually even condominiums that were to be part of a three-phase, $100 million investment for Harris Riverfront Park. Phase 1 of the project was the boat house and marina.
A similar master plan was completed in 2015 outlining the riverfront project. A link to that document can be found here.