How a donation from old-school developers changed the gifts scene at UNCW

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WILMINGTON — In 1986 the developers of Greenview Ranches, a subdivision located in modern-day Murrayville, were on the cusp of closing shop. Before the group dissolved at the end of that year, it donated its assets to the UNCW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) affiliated with the university that handles many of its private gifts. The owners of […]

Leery council pursues contract with developers of planned apartments, wants guaranteed affordable housing

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WILMINGTON –– Wilmington City Council tabled a rezoning decision Tuesday that would allow for new apartments at Starway Flea Market. The city is aiming to reach a contractual agreement with the developers it has never worked with before, to ensure the land is rezoned back to commercial if they fail to deliver affordable units. Typically, […]

Pickleball court on Carolina Beach must procure permit or face destruction

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CAROLINA BEACH — Jeremy Hardison, the planning director of Carolina Beach, received a phone call in early May. On the line was a concerned beach town resident, who levied accusations that a pickleball court was under construction in the neighborhood and wondered if such a project was allowed in their neck of the woods.  It […]
The vacant property in Carolina Beach which is to be the site for a new Harris Teeter (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY GOOGLE)

Developers release more information on 12-acre Carolina Beach project

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CAROLINA BEACH — In the midst of a multi-layered effort to turn a vacant 10 acres in Carolina Beach into a modern mixed-use development, Cape Fear Commercial is hosting a series of community meetings and has set up a website to spread information about the plan.  The site is a combination of two parcels: the […]

New Hanover still has rewrite of building height caps on drawing board

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Planning staff made more headway on edits to building height standards this week, and are again workshopping new language following the New Hanover County Planning Board hearing Thursday.  Changes to height rules in zoning districts across the county have been anticipated by the development community since the topic landed on the agenda […]
Pender County is looking to drill three wells at a cost of $375,000 to increase water supply in the Hampstead are by roughly 67 percent. The area is currently supplied by two water tanks; one, pictured, is just north of Topsail Middle School. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Highway 17 developments in Pender County resurrected after withdrawals months ago

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Check back for updates to this story regarding the Wednesday planning board hearing. PENDER COUNTY — Earlier this year, developers pitched two mixed-use projects that would add roadside commercial buildings and multi-family residences along the Highway 17 corridor between Wilmington and Hampstead.  Both developers failed in the initial local government arenas and ended up withdrawing […]
Chemours and CFPUA are monitoring levels of PFAS chemicals downriver form the Chemours plant in Greenville. Pictured is the Cape Fear River near downtown Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Developers eye prospects of Cape Fear River’s western banks

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A development team hopes to turn two disconnected parcels — both of them on the banks of the Cape Fear River, across from downtown Wilmington but still in the jurisdiction of New Hanover County — into a united planned development.  There are 8 acres at the southern tip of the peninsula, across […]
Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Two Brunswick County properties scheduled for rezoning hearings

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Two Brunswick County property owners are looking to rezone dozens of rural acres for commercial use.  Home-building prospects have been abundant recently in Brunswick, where each monthly meeting of the planning board, the body that rules on incoming development applications, has been filled with as many as six major projects.  Most large […]

‘Nuisance’ hotel in Wilmington may transform into tiny apartments

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WILMINGTON –– A California investment group plans to transform a Market Street hotel with a reputation for drugs and prostitution into a cheap long-term rental option. Wednesday, the City of Wilmington Planning Commission is considering a rezoning to convert the 224-room Budgetel Inn to a 234-unit apartment complex. The project calls for a rezoning of […]

19th century sound home to be demolished and replaced, neighbors decry plan as ‘sacrilegious’

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WILMINGTON –– Only a handful of sound-dwelling bygones remain, hugging the city’s crawling marshes. Evidence of the aristocratic, 18th-to-19th-century summer homes is scarce, threatened by the elements and anthropogenic forces of modern development pressure. RELATED: Masonboro Sound Historic District: An ‘oasis of extraordinary beauty’ threatened by clear-cutting development Where Greenville Sound Road dead-ends emerges Shandy Hall, […]