Business

City introduces first-ever incentive for workforce housing, closes mixed-use loophole

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WILMINGTON — Wilmington City Council voted 5-2 to introduce new requirements to its Commercial District Mixed Use (CDMU) development option in an effort to close an 18-year-old loophole. In doing so, the city passed its first-ever affordable housing incentive. Related: Developers latch onto 18-year-old loophole, city aims to close it CDMUs now must include a […]

Riverlights looks to increase max units by 20%, add new commercial portion

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WILMINGTON — Riverlights, a decade-long development project, is seeking approval to rezone a tract of its land in order to create a “mixed-use node” on the southern end of the 1,359-acre property. Bordering the coast of the Cape Fear River in the southwestern area of Wilmington, the property was annexed into the City of Wilmington […]

Developers latch onto 18-year-old loophole, city aims to close it

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WILMINGTON — For nearly two decades, a mixed-use development loophole in Wilmington sat undiscovered in the city’s Land Development Code. A few years ago, a developer realized the oversight and latched onto it. They told their friends, and eventually, more developers submitted applications that couldn’t be denied. Soon enough, city staff noticed the pattern. No […]

Downtown’s Dock Street Oyster Bar closes after 21 years in business amid rent dispute with landlord

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WILMINGTON — Downtown’s Dock Street Oyster Bar closed its doors Saturday evening after 21 years in business amid a public dispute between its owners and landlord over rent.  The dispute offers insight into how certain subsidies offered during the Covid-19 pandemic can butt against the business needs of property owners.  Many small business owners across the […]

Deep dive: Rezonings, conditional rezonings, and special use permits, what’s the difference?

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WILMINGTON — In Wilmington and New Hanover County, residents often hear about things like rezonings, conditional use zonings, and special use permits. But understanding what each one of these zoning ordinances actually does and how developers and property owners (or even a local government) can use them can be confusing. Development is a fact of […]

Deep dive: After years without issues, what made Wrightsville Beach go after a jet-ski rental company?

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The Town of Wrightsville Beach is being sued in federal court for allegedly violating the rights of small-business owners launching jet skis from the state-owned boat ramp in town. At the most basic level, the Town of Wrightsville Beach issued numerous zoning violations to multiple jet ski rental companies on state property. […]