Plans under development for new Thurmond Marina

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:47 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:15 AM
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LEAH, Ga. — The Web site for Thurmond Lake’s newest commercial marina is “under construction” but the project’s owners still have much to accomplish before ground is broken.

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The buildings at the former Little River Marina at Thurmond Lake have been empty more than a year - and could be torn down once the site's new operator completes a master development plan.  ROB PAVEY/STAFF
The buildings at the former Little River Marina at Thurmond Lake have been empty more than a year - and could be torn down once the site's new operator completes a master development plan.

“The site assessment and engineering are currently being conducted, and this must be done prior to any site preparation and construction of facilities,” said Russell Wicke, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the reservoir.

The Columbia County site, formerly known as Little River Marina, was leased last June to Classic City Marinas of Athens, Ga., whose other facilities include Sinclair Marina near Milledgeville, Ga., where a $5.5 million renovation was recently completed.

According to the company’s Web site, the new facility at Thurmond Lake will be called Thurmond Marina.

Corps officials plan to remove several underground storage tanks at the site, including gas tanks, Wicke said, and meetings will be held soon with the lessee’s engineers to address recent studies and findings.

Some of the initial activity the public might see at the site will include clean-up, repair and upgrades to the septic and water systems, and improvement to parking and dry stack facilities, he said.

“We expect to see some of these activities begin in late spring to early summer,” Wicke said. “These are substantial upgrades and could take as much as three years to build out all of the initial development on the site.

Under the terms of the lease with the corps, the site will eventually include new docks with mooring capability, increased parking for day visitors, large boat trailer parking stalls, a modern dry-storage facility and above-ground fuel storage and dispensing systems.

The company’s owner, Mike Jansen, has said future phases could include a store and perhaps a restaurant.

Corps officials continue to work with the new operator to make sure the area is carefully studied before final design plans and construction can begin.

“The project has proposed stages of construction and amenity development,” Wicke said. “The timelines have not changed and Phase 1 of the development plan is proceeding normally.”

In addition to the planned Thurmond Marina and Sinclair Marina, the company also operates Crooked Creek Marina in Eatonton, Ga.; and Clemson Marina on Lake Hartwell near Seneca, S.C.

Classic City Marinas network:

Sinclair Marina renovation photos:

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/05/13 - 02:09 pm

From the story:

According to Classic City Marinas’ Web site, the new facility at Thurmond Lake will be called Thurmond Marina.

I think Classic City Marinas might want to do a little market research around here. People over here on the Georgia side of the lake don’t fancy the name Thurmond when referring to the lake.

my.voice 03/05/13 - 03:10 pm
I wasnt even aware there was

I wasnt even aware there was a lake.

aninsider 03/05/13 - 03:32 pm
LOL my,.voice!

It sometimes resembles a pond but is supposed to be a lake...

Sweet son
Sweet son 03/05/13 - 03:52 pm
Name it Thurmond Marina??????????

Especially not on the Georgia side! Why not name it GRU Marina!

CobaltGeorge 03/05/13 - 04:44 pm
I was

going to ask the same thing as my.voice!

paladin5 03/05/13 - 11:51 pm
OH NO........

I spend a lot of time in this area. Thurmond Marina is not an appropriate name for this project. Leah Marina or Leah Landing is more Geographically appropriate, or Little River Landing or Recreation Area/Park. Sounds like a GRU-Type Protest in the making.

my.voice 03/06/13 - 08:54 am
I am of the opinion as a

I am of the opinion as a resident of South Carolina that the great Strom Thurmond would have turned down the name change opportunity if he was the great statesman he was thought to be. You just do not rename a historical site, monument, etc without due cause and certainly he knew that and chose to ignore it selfishly. It will always be Clarks Hill to me.

Rather 03/06/13 - 12:06 pm

Why are they wasting money on this? The corps of engineers lets all the water out of the lake. All businesses around the lake have gone or are going bankrupt. It is dangerous with the low water level boats hit hidden trees. Stupid.

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