An opportunity to lease and redevelop the former Little River Marina site at Thurmond Lake attracted 18 interested parties Tuesday during a “pre-proposal site visit” organized by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Interest has definitely been higher than expected,” corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said. “We do expect to have a new leaseholder who can move this place ahead.”
The marina, in Columbia County’s Leah community, was closed Dec. 27 after the corps opted not to renew the lease of Pam Bugg, whose family had operated the marina since 1986.
Improvements such as docks, boat storage, cabins and other amenities were left behind on the corps-owned property when the business closed and will be remodeled or demolished by the next owner, according to a notice of availability offering interested parties a chance to submit proposals through Feb. 3.
In addition to those who visited the marina for Tuesday’s site tour, at least two other interested parties have contacted corps officials to express an interest, Birdwell said.
The Little River site is one of six commercial marina sites authorized in the lake’s master plan.
Other marinas at the lake are Plum Branch Yacht Club, Rayesville, Tradewinds, Savannah Lakes Village and Soap Creek. All are on corps land leased to the marina operators.