WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County Commissioners decided Monday to delay a decision on a large mixed-use project along Market St. The county leaders voted unanimously to postpone a decision for 90 days.
Tribute Companies, on behalf of the property owner, Coswald, LLC submitted a special-use permit request to the county to allow residential uses within a commercial district on 15.6 acres of land near the intersection of Lendire Road and Market Street.
The New Hanover County Planning Board approved the permit request earlier this month, but it still needs the green light from county commissioners.
The developer is planning a mixed-use project at 7241 Market Street, near the Wilmington KOA Holiday campground about a mile north of the Military Cutoff Road intersection. The development would consist of 12 three-story building along with a one-story building and a two-story building.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to table the request for 90 days to allow more time to get information about improvements to Lendire Road and the impacts of storm water in Smith Creek.
“Ninety days from here, I would like to see plans on paper to have Lendire improved and widened," said Cynthia Boulay a concerned citizen. "And to see how the traffic is affected on Lendire going to the Military Cutoff Extension. Because that’s not open, we don’t know whats going to happen with Lendire being a feeder road.”
“Trying to find a compromise that allows us to make a more informed or better decision," added commissioner Jonathan Barfield. "Hopefully, NCDOT will come in and start working on Lendire Road and have someone go in and clean up Smith Creek and the other streams that flow in that area to fix the flooding in the area.”