Putt-Putt Park planned

Published 8:38 am Thursday, June 16, 2011

MURFREESBORO — A place where you could sip some coffee, shop in boutiques and enjoy a round of miniature golf is in the works for a Main Street property here.

On Tuesday, the Murfreesboro Town Council approved an amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance C1 Permitted Use to allow miniature golf courses.

Murfreesboro residents Laurie Brook and Randy Roberts recently purchased the “Magic Cue” building and have big plans to turn it into a hot spot for people to gather and encourage students from Chowan University to frequent downtown.

“We feel like it would bring a lot to the town, bring people in,” said Brook during a public hearing for the zoning amendment.

Councilwoman Sarah Wallace asked Brook to explain where the miniature golf course would be located. Brook said the course would be located in the empty lot between the “Magic Cue” building and the antique shop on Main Street.

In a later interview, Brook and Roberts both said the plans for the property are still in the early stage, but wanted to provide a public area for entertainment, shopping and feature area artists.

“There are things this town needs,” noted Roberts.

“We need a lot of variety in this town,” said Brook.

The two plan to utilize the 5,300 square foot “Magic Cue” building for a coffee shop, possibly with wireless Internet, and use the another section of the building for a “walk of shops” for boutiques and local artists.

Brook and Roberts said their miniature golf course would not look like the typical one with humongous dinosaurs and other large features, rather it would look like a park.

Preston Harrell with Chowan University also spoke during the public hearing and congratulated Brook and Roberts on their plan for the property.

“We are very excited about that and other similar activities in the town that would really enhance student life on campus,” he said.

Following the public hearing, Mayor Pro-tem Molly Eubank moved to approve the amendment and Wallace offered a second to the motion. The measure passed without objection.