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Upscale mixed-use office space headed to Waterford in 2022

SAMM Properties will develop a three-story, Class A office and retail space in Waterford in Leland, NC, breaking ground in early 2022. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

LELAND — The same developers behind the three-story Bradley Creek Station on Oleander Drive will soon be putting their mark on Leland. SAMM Properties announced it will break ground on Offices and Shoppes at Waterford in the first quarter of 2022.

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The 77,000 square-foot complex will be a state-of-the-art, three-story Class A office and select retail center, to be located on Olde Regent Way, next to Waterford Commercial Village and Harris Teeter. SAMM developers Steve Anderson and Parker Anderson aim to make it an upscale, commercial mixed-use development, including upper-level office space and lower-level boutique shops and fine dining.

The modern design by Mark Loudermilk of Mark Loudermilk Architecture will include two separate three-story buildings, to be connected by an outdoor plaza. 

“As we approached the design of this project, we intentionally created an outdoor ‘lobby,’ more of a plaza, which connects pedestrians to the vestibules of each building,” Loudermilk said in a press release, adding that the greenspace will allow outdoor seating for fine-dining tenants.

SAMM Properties is behind multiple high-end office developments, totaling over half-a-million square feet. The company’s work can also be seen in Howe Creek Landing, all six office buildings at the Offices at Mayfaire in Mayfaire Town Center, and Offices at Airlie. 

Tenants interested in securing a spot in Waterford will have the opportunity to own the space, the developers noted. When it built the 80,000 square-foot, three-story Bradley Creek Station in late 2020, the company explained the spaces partially were sold out through the first quarter of 2021. 

SAMM Properties strategizes its development plans according to the market and noted it had been eyeing Brunswick County. The fastest growing in North Carolina between 2009 and 2019, the 2020 Census report shows its population nearly doubled in 20 years, ballooning from 73,000 residents to 136,000 in 2020. 

“We have been paying attention to this area of Brunswick, and every indicator is telling us this market is ready for our product,” Steve Anderson of SAMM Properties said in the release. 

“We are excited that an established and highly successful developer such as SAMM Properties has chosen Leland for the location of this major office and select retail development,” Leland’s economic and community development director, Gary Vidmar, said in the release. “We can envision office users that will offer services and professional job opportunities that do not presently exist in the town along with a distinctive group of locally owned select retail businesses to include fine dining that will be well received by our community.”


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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