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Originally published: 2012-11-08 11:30:49
Last modified: 2012-11-08 11:30:49

Indoor water park planned near Tweetsie

Anna Oakes

Watauga County’s latest tourism attraction could be an indoor water park if plans for Middle Fork Falls Resort come to fruition.

The development would be located between Mystery Hill and Tweetsie Railroad on U.S. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock.

Steve Moberg, owner and general manager of Crestwood Resort and Spa, confirmed that plans are under way for Middle Fork Falls Resort, but could not provide more information as of presstime.

According to a description of the project on LoopNet.com, a commercial real estate listings website, the multi-use commercial development will include a 50,000-square-foot year-round indoor water park, a 10,000-square-foot full-service restaurant, 35,000 square feet in commercial retail space and a combination convenience store and fast food restaurant building.

The website states the site is to be delivered “pad ready” with all utilities, including water, sewer, emergency water for fire protection, natural gas, electrical, telephone and cable.

Joe Furman, Planning & Inspections director for Watauga County, said Moberg has discussed the project with his office for several months, but that no plans have been submitted.

“It’s not a project yet for us to review,” Furman said, but “it would seem that what he has proposed will probably work on that piece of property.”

Furman said the project would likely be subject to provisions in the county’s Watershed Protection Ordinance, High Impact Land Uses ordinance, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, Erosion Control Ordinance, Subdivisions and Multi-Unit Structures Ordinance, state building code and other regulations.

County planning staff and the Watauga County Planning Board would review any plans that are submitted, and the project may require approval from the Watauga County Board of Commissioners if a variance is needed.

Furman did not know for certain what the developer’s plans are for water, but noted that there “are privately owned and operated water and sewer systems there … and my assumption is it would be connected to those systems.”

Last year, the town of Blowing Rock completed an interconnection water line connecting its water system with the town of Boone’s, but no extensions to the line, which is designated for emergency purposes only, are planned at this time.
 
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