Thursday, April 18, 2024

Plans for 7-story hotel on Wrightsville Avenue in Wilmington submitted, special use permit requested

An initial rendering of the hotel planned for the Galleria off Wrightsville Avenue (Port City Daily/Courtesy City of Wilmington)

WILMINGTON — The developer behind the Galleria, a mixed development planned for Wrightsville Avenue has formally submitted new plans and a request for a special use permit to construct a 75-foot-tall hotel.

The project has been in the works for years now and developer Jeff Kentner and his company, State Street Companies, submitted plans for the first phase of the project back in September to the city’s Technical Review Committee.

According to previous reporting, “The plans, submitted by State Street Companies, last week to Wilmington’s technical review committee (TRC), cover the first phase of the project, representing just a fraction of the nearly 18.5 acres owned by the development company along Wrightsville Avenue. The plans include:

  • A seven-story hotel
  • Four-story (or possibly five-story) mixed-use facilities, including “upscale multifamily uses”
  • Parking facility with about 400 spaces
  • An internal roadway network
  • Stormwater management
  • Site utilities

But in order to make the project a reality the project first has to get approval from City Council to exceed height restrictions in the area. That approval is through a special use permit, which requires a quasi-judicial hearing in front of the council (SUPs used to be heard by the Planning Commission as well but recent changes made it so only City Council can weigh in on these).

The hotel will consist of 120 rooms and previous reporting show Kenter alluding to a luxury hotel brand at the Galleria, which would be awarded after the SUP is granted.

City Council will hold a public hearing for the SUP request in January.


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