The Wilmington Planning Commission unanimously approved a special use permit Wednesday night for a group home on 8.7 acres of property on Medical Center Drive.
This proposed group home — called The Healing Place of New Hanover County — appears to be a residence for people with substance abuse problems.
Phase 1 calls for a 9,574 square foot residential center that would contain 200 beds, a 4,136 square foot detox building, a 13,300 square foot dining building and a 15,781 square foot administration building.
Phase 2 includes a 3,375 square foot expansion to the dining area, a 5,800 square foot residential building, an 8,900 square foot residential building and a 7,200 square foot storage building.
Also at Wednesday's meeting, the planning commission issued a continuance until Sept. 5 to discuss an amendment to the city code allowing development consistent with CAMA regulations in conservation districts. Citizens and the board said more information is needed before a decision is made since they say the CAMA guidelines are too vague.
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