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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Riverlights plans 37-acre commercial village, anticipates interest from national brands, franchises

Riverlights is planning a new commercial village, 7Bridge, on River Road and Quigley Boulevard in Wilmington. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — The 1,400-acre mixed-use community of Riverlights, situated along three miles of the Cape Fear River, revealed plans for the next phase of its development. In the next two years, a 37-acre commercial village near the community’s southern entrance will open. 

The commercial center, to be named “7Bridge,” will be situated as a midway point between Carolina Beach and downtown Wilmington. Parcels are set aside for retail, entertainment, service commercial and offices, with initial businesses opening between late 2023 and mid-2024.

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7Bridge will be part of a larger 120-acre mixed-use village that will anchor the southern entrance to the Riverlights community. Plans include a wide range of residential projects, including a new multi-family luxury apartment community and a single-family-for-rent neighborhood, according to a press release.

“We are developing this as a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle and convenient commercial center that elevates the every day for our Riverlights community and the surrounding area,” said Nick Cassala, vice president of operations for Riverlights. “We anticipate national brands and franchises will want to locate here, as well as independent entrepreneurs.”  

The new luxury apartment community, Argento, planned for the village will be situated at River Road and Quigley Boulevard. The 17-acre parcel is designed for up to 286 multi-family units and slated for completion in 2024. The single-family-for-rent neighborhood, called “The Cottages,” is scheduled for completion in 2023.

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Adjacent is the site for a New Hanover County elementary school, forecasted to open for the 2025-2026 academic year, and a future 4.9-acre public park with access to Motts Creek. 

“We are delighted to represent such an outstanding project that is essentially one of the last remaining large commercial development sites available in the Wilmington area,” said Dan Pellegrino, senior vice president of Bridge Commercial, a commercial real estate firm headquartered in South Carolina which represents ​​7Bridge.

Riverlights plans to have approximately 3,000 single-family, age-qualified, multifamily, townhomes and custom waterfront properties. The community will feature commercial space, eight public parks, a 38-acre freshwater lake, community gathering spaces, and views and access to the Cape Fear River. 

Riverlights is preparing for a late-summer release of 360 new homesites in its next phase of development, its first significant property release since 2019. 

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Alexandria Sands
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 or on Twitter @alexsands_

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