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A developer wants to build a mixed-use senior living community off Market Street

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A community notice has been submitted by a developer with the hopes of creating a senior living community complete with healthcare as well as possible retail and office space.

The development, titled Liberty Futch Creek, would be located in the northern part of the county near the northern terminus of I-140.

“The planned senior living community will include independent senior living villas, and independent senior living, licensed assisted living, healthcare, and related retirement community facilities, as will also include office, residential, and, potentially, salon use,” according to the community meeting notice.

As it stands now the property is zoned both R-15 residential and B-1 business, in order to actually develop what is being proposed, the developer would need to request a rezoning to change the property to UMX or urban mixed-use.

The property itself is currently undeveloped and appears to be surrounded by mostly residential homes as well as neighboring Scotts Hill Hardware and Supply.

Related: Community information meetings, helping bridge the gap between developers and residents

Community meetings are not held by the county, instead, they are held by developers before submitting a request, like a rezoning, to the planning department.

In New Hanover County, “The purpose of a community information meeting is to inform owners and residents of nearby lands about a proposed development application, and to provide the applicant an opportunity to hear comments and concerns about the development proposal as a means of resolving conflicts and outstanding issues, where possible,” according to the latest iteration of the Unified Development Ordinance.

This means that before a developer can even submit a request for rezoning neighbors will have the chance to weigh in and offer their opinions on plans.

“Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration of how to appropriately solicit meaningful feedback from our neighbors while exercising social distancing measures, we will hold this meeting in a virtual setting via a Zoom meeting on July 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.,” according to the CIM notice.

There is a link shared that those interested in attending can register at found in the notice.

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