Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Planning Commission approves rezoning request for former El Scorpion Nightclub site

The parcel is home to the former El Scorpion Nightclub; if City Council approves the request property owners hope to construct a new garden center and nursey at the location.

WILMINGTON — The property located on Oleander Drive that is home to the now defunct El Scorpion Club could be getting a makeover if plans to the city for a rezoning request are approved — but unlike so many of the requests in recent years for rezonings, this one is not to build new apartments.

According to documents submitted to the city’s Planning Commission, the applicant, Coastal Land Design, is requesting a change from medium density residential and office and industrial to commercial business to allow for the construction of a new retail center with a nursery.

During last week’s Planning Commission meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve the request, next, it will move forward to City Council for approval.

The applicant does not list the specific store that is being proposed for the spot but claims that the rezoning would significantly approve the aesthetics of the location.

“The proposed use represents a tremendous improvement of the existing conditions while providing a much-needed service to the surrounding neighborhood. The existing structure is dated and in disrepair, impacting the visual character along a heavily traveled corridor. The proposed improvement into a garden center will significantly boost the aesthetics of the Oleander corridor and provide a needed business to the community,” according to the request.

In order to convince the city that the rezoning is necessary, applicants are asked to justify their request, specifically how it will be in the best public interest.

According to the applicant, “During the economic downturn the agronomy industry took a big hit with many of the existing nurseries and garden centers going out of business.”

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