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Redevelopment of Carolina Beach mall calls for razing all existing buildings

New, yet-to-be named grocery store would anchor new Federal Point Shopping Center plaza

If the current plan for Federal Point Shopping Center is approve by Carolina Beach, the mall could be razed to make way for new stores, including a grocery store. (Port City Daily photos / MICHAEL KANE)
If the current plan for Federal Point Shopping Center is approve by Carolina Beach, the mall could be razed to make way for new stores, including a grocery store. (Port City Daily photos / MICHAEL KANE)

CAROLINA BEACH — The Federal Point Shopping Center in Carolina Beach could be in its final days if a plan on file is approved by the town.

According to town documents, Carolina Beach Development Company LLC, is requesting a conditional use permit to construct a 51,469-square-foot grocery store, as well as 26,000 square-feet of multi-tenant buildings in the Federal Point Shipping Center.

The plans for the shopping center were submitted to the town in November, and now will come before the town’s Planning and Zoning Committee on Dec. 14.

According to the documents, “The proposed development is located at the Federal Point Shopping Center. It currently has 10 tenants and 4 vacant units for a total of 81,138-square-feet. The site also consists of a 13,510-square-feet vacant dilapidated movie theater. All the existing structures are proposed to be demolished.”

The property in question consists of 13-acres and the proposed building would be 45-feet in height, according to the town documents.

Traffic improvements

If the current plan for Federal Point Shopping Center is approve by Carolina Beach, the mall could be razed to make way for new stores, including a grocery store. (Port City Daily photos / MICHAEL KANE)
If the current plan for Federal Point Shopping Center is approve by Carolina Beach, the mall could be razed to make way for new stores, including a grocery store. (Port City Daily photos / MICHAEL KANE)

The developer was required to submit a traffic impact analysis to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Several traffic improvements have been proposed by the developer.

“Traffic improvements proposed to N. Lake Park Blvd. consist of acquiring additional right-of-way from the adjacent Wings, ABC store, a vacant lot across from the ABC store, and a portion of the Town’s property where the stormwater pond is located to accommodate a left turning lane at the existing light … To lessen the congestion at the light, staff recommends the applicant to discuss with Wings and Pleasure Island Plaza to close their driveways off of N. Lake Park Blvd that are in close proximity to the light,” according to the documents.

The Technical Review Committee reviewed the plans and has recommended approval of the CUP.

The fate of the current stores that are located within the Federal Point Shopping Center are not yet known. The developer has not responded to a comment at the time of publication.

According to Tup Top Frame, a store located in the shopping center there has been little to no information provided to tenants.

“We have received no information from anybody on what the developers plans are for those of us that still have a lease. We are still there and still doing business,” according to store owners.


Michael Praats can be reached at Michael.p@localvoicemedia.com

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