The Arnold Companies Celebrate with Opening Ceremony at Marina Bay

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(COLUMBIA, SC) May 15, 2013 – Joined by Columbia City Council Moe Baddourah, Matt Kennell of the City Center Partnership, Tiffany Boyce of the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and a full house of Midlands media, business & political leaders, Arnold Companies President Ben Arnold cut the ribbon for Marina Bay – Lake Murray’s new lakefront lifestyle destination.

Marina Bay is one of the latest projects from real estate developer Ben Arnold. The resort-style development includes 216 luxury apartments (1br, 2br & 3br), a 7,800 square foot two-tiered deck restaurant, Liberty on the Lake, a convenience & ship store, “Ahh..Licious!” Ice Cream Shop, Better Boat Rentals and The Boat Club.   With over 40% of the 216 apartments leased by InterMark Management before the ribbon was cut, this new development is already bringing new energy to Lake Murray. The anticipation of this new development has been building since last spring, and it has proven to be well worth the wait! 

Lisa Arnold welcomed over 400 of the Midlands’ most stylish attendees at a private, poolside soiree where guests were welcomed with Marina Bay gifts including towels, koozies, sunscreen, lip balm and a few special give-away’s from each Marina bay partner - all  important items for a day on the lake!  The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, May 11th outside the entrance of The Residence at Marina Bay located at 1600 Marina Road in Irmo.  Afterwards, guests were invited pool-side to taste featured summer-time entrees and appetizers catered by Liberty on the Lake. Private tours of The Residence’s model unit and the amenities, including the clubhouse, Body Shop fitness center, upper-level veranda, theater and game room were given, along with group pontoon rides so guests could see the new development from the lake.

Luminaries in attendance included real estate heavyweights like Don Tomlin and his wife Rachelle, and Charles Kahn. Teresa Wilson, Columbia City Manager, and Executive Director of Trustus Theater, Larry Hembree, stopped in to mingle by the pool with guests, who enjoyed Caribbean themed food and beverages, and Liberty’s signature Banana Foster cheesecake for dessert (all served on sustainable bamboo plates).

After the event, guests were invited down to the Marina Center to see the Ship Store, “Ahh..Licious!” Ice Cream Shop and The Boat Club office, as well as Liberty on the Lake. The party continued as guests enjoyed cocktails on Liberty’s outdoor deck, overlooking the spectacular deep water views while listening to the band, Mystic Vibrations.


About the Marina Bay Partners:

The Residence at Marina Bay offers 216 lakefront rental apartments (1br, 2br & 3br) with heated resort-style pool, fire pit, cabanas, grilling deck, poolside beverage and food from Liberty on the Lake, stainless steel or black appliance packages, tile backsplash, granite countertops, elevators and Energy Star rated appliances, including tankless hot water heaters. Many apartments also include wrap-around porches with spectacular views of the pool and the lake.  Other resident amenities include an indoor movie theater, Body Shop Fitness Center and club lounge.  Having the marina, restaurant, ship store, and boat club on-site are all added benefits of The Residence. 

Liberty on the Lake is Marina Bay’s on-site restaurant and the waterfront outpost of Liberty Tap Room.  This full-service restaurant, grill and bar is operated by the TBonz Restaurant Group.  Residents, marina members, Lake Murray boaters and visitors from around the lake will be pleased with this new cuisine and the elevated outdoor seating with killer lake views.

The Boat Club and Better Boat Rental is the one stop shop for all your boating needs. Lake Murray Boat Club is the Midlands’ only Boating Country Club® and a carefree alternative to the hassle and expense of traditional boat ownership. Members get UNLIMITED USE of our entire fleet of new recreational boats PLUS complimentary wake boards, skis, knee boards, tubes, and kayaks.  Better Boat Rental is Lake Murray’s only source to rent 20-foot deck boats, pontoons, tri-toons, fish-ski pontoons, and a double deck pontoon boat with a water slide on the back!

Lake Murray Marina has been operating throughout the construction process and they remain the “Best Marina on Lake Murray!”  The marina has the newest and most exceptional open-water and covered boat slips, with 24-hour security, a new ship store and ice cream shop, gas dock, and a robust dockside community. Slips range from side ties, half-slips, covered slips and 26-foot dock slips to 90-foot outside tie slips on the Marina’s multiple docks.

About Arnold Companies

Arnold Companies is one of the most diverse owners and developers of commercial and multi-family properties in the Southeast. The organization designs and builds properties that vary from traditional commercial real estate to mixed-use entertainment complexes, to neo-traditional town centers, elderly housing and marinas. For more information, contact Darcy Earhardt, Arnold Companies’ Marketing Manager, at (803) 731-4321.