Tuesday, August 9, 2022

County Commissioners approve Bailey Shoppes on Market, retail and office development in Northern New Hanover County

The property would have access from Bump Along Road, Market Street and Raintree Road.

New development is coming to Northern New Hanover County (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
New development is coming to Northern New Hanover County (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

WILMINGTON — Development continues in Northern New Hanover County as another property owner has submitted plans for a new retail and office center off Market Street. The development request follows the trend that has seen unprecedented growth in a traditionally less dense region of the county. 

On Monday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning of a piece of property located on Market Street for the development of the Bailey Shoppes on Market.

In May 2017, the Planning Board denied an application for the property located on the 7900 Block of Market Street for a new gas station.

Now, property owner Yosef Inc. has requested a rezoning of the land from office and industrial to B-2 to develop a retail and office center.

The property in question would have access from Bump Along Road, Market Street, and Raintree Road. It is located across from the apartment complex Amberleigh Shores.

The request would allow for 10 different uses. They include: restaurants; general merchandise stores; miscellaneous retail; banks; barber shops; office space; business services, like printing; dry cleaning; indoor recreation; and personal services.

The plans call for the development of a two-story, 11,800-square-foot building and a 3,000-square-foot one-story building on the site.

The request would allow for 10 different uses for the buildings. They include: restaurants; general merchandise stores; miscellaneous retail; banks; barber shops; office space; business services, like printing; dry cleaning; indoor recreation; and personal services.

The New Hanover County Planning Board recommended the approval of the application on March 1, providing the developer followed several conditions.

The developer must complete improvements provided by the traffic impact analysis according to NCDOT standards, bicycle parking must be included, and the explicit statement that indoor shooting ranges would be prohibited.

According to the traffic impact analysis, the development is expected to generate more than 2,000 trips in a 24-hour period.

Current Planner Brad Schuler said the applicant has agreed to make road improvements in the form of a turn lane at Bump Along Road in order to handle the amount of traffic on the road, as well as to complete a Raintree Road extension.

The board voted unanimously to approve the rezoning with the prescribed conditions.


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