Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Who’s building in Wilmington? Pet crematory, Red Cross St. apartments, Riverlights townhomes among plans

Plans are in the works for a new building with 14 residences and two offices at 214 Red Cross St. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — Before bulldozers can push dirt, developers must receive the A-OK from the city on their plans for construction.

Several property owners in the past few weeks have taken the step to seek that approval, submitting site plans for their projects to Wilmington’s Technical Review Committee. The group of city staffers works with local developers to ensure construction plans are in line with the mandated regulations and standards.

Below are four plans submitted to the TRC in December, and what we know about the forthcoming developments:

Pet cremation service eyes new facility

Perkins Goodbye Hugs has its sights set on a new home to help send furry loved ones over the rainbow bridge.

The crematory business, currently located in a Netherlands Drive suite, has submitted construction plans for a new building at 1 Lame Street, conveniently located next door to an emergency animal hospital.

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Co-owner John Best indicated he and his partner are still working out details, and a construction timeline is not yet flushed out due to fluctuating building prices. Site plans show a proposed two-story building, spanning 2,280-square feet on the quarter-acre vacant lot.

The move is expected to give customers a better and more intimate experience, Best explained.

“Honestly, where we are right now, we don’t have a great place for customers to come in and spend some time and have some privacy,” he said.

The business opened in 2004 and traded hands in August 2019. Perkins will lay to rest any domestic companion, from dogs to turtles, in both private and communal cremations.

One bedrooms, offices at Red Cross Street

A 16-unit, multi-use building is proposed for a vacant lot on Red Cross Street. The development is expected to go up on a sliver of land, sandwiched between neighboring multi-family buildings and a Cape Fear Community College office.

Located at 214 Red Cross Street, the almost 1-acre piece of property was sold by T P1 LLC in September 2020 for $300,000, according to property records. Port Property Management, a Maine-based company, is connected to the project.

The proposed three-story building, with a basement, would encompass 14 one-bedroom units and two offices. It would span 2,730 square feet per floor.

Riverlights townhomes

Riverlights is seeking approval for 16 townhome buildings, containing a total of 43 units, on Watercraft Ferry Avenue. The 4.25 acres in question is between Mosby apartments, River Road, the Lake House Community Center and the community’s lake.

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The recently submitted site designs are just one portion of the greater plan for Riverlights, an approximately 1,400-acre, up-and-coming, mixed-use community. Once complete, Riverlights will contain 3,000 residences.

The community includes single-family, patio, multi-family and townhomes as well as commercial space, eight public parks and access to the Cape Fear River.

Tiny apartments in former hotel

Vivo Investment Group, a company transforming dying hotels into affordable housing across the country, has submitted its conversion plans for the 7.7-acre property currently home to Budgetel Inn.

City council previously approved the necessary rezoning to convert the 224-room hotel, located at 4903 Market Street, into a 234-unit apartment complex.

Inside the existing two-story buildings, each room will be renovated into a one-bed, “efficiency” apartment. The design for the 278- and 352-square-feet units combines the living and sleeping rooms and includes one bathroom.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at alexandria@localdailymedia.com or on Twitter @alexsands_

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