Public hearing on 17th St. grocery, retail and office complex to be held Tuesday

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Proposed plans for an office and grocery/retail complex at 4301 S. 17th St.
Proposed plans for an office and grocery/retail complex at 4301 S. 17th St.

A public hearing on a rezoning request to build new office and retail space, including a 36,200-square-foot grocery store, on South 17th Street will be held during Tuesday night’s Wilmington City Council meeting.

Owners of the 12.32-acre property, located at 4301 S. 17th St. are seeking a change from the current R-15 residential zone designation to CB(CD) Community Business (Conditional District) in order to construct three buildings totaling 46,500 square feet of retail and grocery space and 45,000 square feet of medical/professional offices.

Two of the buildings – the three-story office complex and a 10,300 square foot, two-story retail center – will face 17th Street with parking lots behind them. The one-story grocery store will be set back from 17th Street and have the parking in front. The two halves of the development will be separated by a driveway that will run from 17th to a proposed public street yet to be built.

The property lies just west of South College Road behind the Pine Valley Shopping Center in an area that has rapidly become commercialized with the completion of the 17th Street extension. Last month, city council approved plans for a 19,000-square-foot Aldi grocery store on South College Road and Waltmoor Road, about a half mile from the proposal that will be heard and discussed Tuesday night.

At that public hearing, opponents of the plan were concerned about the additional traffic the Aldi development, which is much smaller than the latest proposal, would bring to the already-congested intersection of 17th Street and College Road. They also pointed out the number of grocery stores already in the area, with a Food Lion located at the Pine Valley Shopping Center, a Harris Teeter located about two miles north on South College Road and a Publix set to be built at 716 Bragg Dr., one block north of the 17th and College intersection.

It is unclear from the proposal what grocery retailer will be located at the newest development. At the May 4 meeting of the Planning Commission, that board recommended approval of the conditional rezoning request by a unanimous 7-0 vote.

The item is scheduled as the second public hearing on Tuesday night’s agenda. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 102 N. 3rd St. in downtown. To view the full agenda, click here.

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