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Board of commissioners to discuss future of Cape Fear River western bank next month

The board of commissioners will hold a work session on Aug. 18 to discuss next steps for the western bank of the Cape Fear River. (Port City Daily/Johanna F. Still)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The future of the Cape Fear River western bank could be further clarified at a board of commissioners work session next month. 

According to a county press release, the commissioners will meet on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. to “determine direction and next steps for staff to pursue and clarify desired future land uses” along the western bank and Northeast Cape Fear Rivers. 

Two developments have popped up over the last eight months aiming to build large projects along the Cape Fear River, opposite downtown Wilmington. Battleship Point has asked for the New Hanover County Commissioners to allow rezoning of a sliver of land, Point Peter, to build three towers, each possibly reaching up to 240 feet. It would house 550 condominium units, 300 apartment units, a hotel, and commercial space.

READ MORE: Explainer: What to know about Battleship Point

A little further south, below the Battleship NC, a nonprofit group, Unique Places to Save, has put down $100,000 to save Eagles Island. Currently, it’s being threatened by developers to construct Wilmington Hotel and Spa, which doesn’t need commissioners’ rezoning approval.

ALSO: Second across-the-river hotel proposal has easier path toward finish line than first

The meeting will be held at the New Hanover County Government Center in the Harrell Conference Room at 230 Government Center Drive. An agenda review will be held after the work session.

The meeting will be available to the public and media live on NHCTV at Spectrum Cable channel 13,, and

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