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Neighbors learn about plan to bring Walmart to Porters Neck

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Neighbors express concerns about a new Walmart in their community. Neighbors express concerns about a new Walmart in their community.
This is what the proposed Walmart could look like after completion. This is what the proposed Walmart could look like after completion.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A plan to build a Walmart SuperCenter and surrounding businesses in the Porters Neck area has homeowners worried about their new neighbor.

A community meeting Monday night provided the opportunity to learn about the project directly from the developer and other groups involved.

William Wertz, a spokesperson for Walmart, said the company is excited to join the area and offer 300 jobs. The store would be the third in New Hanover County.

Families living around the proposed site at 8100 Market Street said they have several concerns. Some of the homes in the Country Haven community sit roughly 200 feet from the spot planned for loading docks.

Homeowners said the distance would be fine if the area remained residential, but the property will be considered for a rezoning to commercial use.

Don Caison has lived in the neighborhood for years and said he's seen plenty of plans to rezone property that never materialize.

That won't happen with this project, according to Sam Burgess, senior planner for New Hanover County. He said the conditional zoning district contains restrictions that are specific to this project, which reduce the level of uncertainty for future projects.

Dr. Robert Parr, who works right next to the proposed project site, said there are some unknowns that have him working with his potential neighbors.

Parr is one of many residents wondering about the traffic layout with this project. He said he's most worried about the cars coming and going from Market Street and passing his practice.

He said he would like to see the developers improve their shared entrance to a boulevard approach like the ones at the Sigmon Road and Monkey Junction locations.

The Porters Neck project will go before the county's planning board June 6.

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