Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Coming to Military Cutoff Road: 2 grocery stores, 2 hotels and more than 1,200 apartments

Lots of new development is planned in the 2-mile stretch on Military Cutoff Road from Eastwood Road. The corridor is already home to Mayfaire Town Center and other retail and apartment locations.

The Planning Commission will hear from several developers in April regarding proposed mixed-use developments along Military Cutoff Road (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
The Planning Commission will hear from several developers in April regarding proposed mixed-use developments along Military Cutoff Road (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

WILMINGTON — More than 1,200 new apartments, two grocery stores, two new hotels, 257,300-square-feet office space, and 246,439-square-feet of retail space. These are the numbers for several new developments either proposed, or already in the works along Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington.

Currently, there are four items awaiting the approval of the Wilmington Planning Commission.

All of the developments would be located within an approximately 2 mile stretch, starting at Eastwood Road and Military Cutoff Road and finishing almost at Market Street and Military Cutoff Road.

The four projects proposed that would add retail, residential, and office include, The Avenue, Arboretum West, Arboretum Village, and Center Point.

Construction is underway at Renaissance North in Wilmington (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
Construction is underway at Renaissance North in Wilmington (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

The development known as Renaissance Market has already received approval and is under construction currently, it will include the grocery store Earth Fare along with office and retail space.

The Developments

A map showing the approximate locations of each development in question located near Military Cutoff Road (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY GOOGLE)
A map showing the approximate locations of each development in question located near Military Cutoff Road (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY GOOGLE)

The Avenue

The Avenue is a 44-acre mixed development that was recently resubmitted for approval to the Planning Commission. The project was originally submitted last year, but the developer withdrew plans after city staff had negative reactions to the project.

The Avenue would consist of 521 apartments, a 237-room Westin Hotel, 146,100-square-feet general office, 109,100-square-feet shopping center, 35,500-square-feet supermarket, and 27,900-square-feet high-turnover restaurant.

Center Point

Proposed in July of 2017, Center Point would be located on both Eastwood Rad and Military Cutoff Road. The property is 23-acres and the developer, Swain & Associates plans on developing a $250 million mixed-use development.

Center Point would consist of 300 residential units, 127,939-square-feet retail, 55,461-square-feet for restaurants, 75,000-square-feet medical offices, 31,600-square-feet office space, and a 200-room hotel.

Arboretum West

Located off Station Road and Military Cutoff Road, Arboretum West plans for the development we submitted in November of 2017 for both Arboretum West and Arboretum Village.

Arboretum West would consist of 19-acres with 360 apartments, 10,000-square-feet office space, 3,500-square-feet retail, 1,500-square-feet quality restaurant, 2,000-square-feet high-turnover restaurant, 1,500-square-feet coffee shop with drive-thru.

Arboretum Village

Located at 294 Military Cutoff Road, Arboretum Village would consist of 98 apartments, previously located at this site was Wheel Estates, a mobile home park.

Traffic impact

When major developments are proposed, the NCDOT will often require developers to complete a traffic impact analysis.

TIAs study the impact on traffic new developments will add, and suggest possible mitigation solutions.

Roads are given a letter grade for the level of service ranging from A-F which determine the accessibility of the streets.

TIAs for The Avenue, Arboretum West, and Arboretum Village can be found online.

The Wilmington Planning Commission meets next on April 4 and will review two of the four developments in question. The commission will vote on both Arboretum West and Arboretum Village at this time.

After moving through the Planning Commission, the developments will then be voted on by the City Council.


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