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City Council To Consider Request For Proposed Grocery Store On S. 17th St.

By Cece Nunn, posted Jun 3, 2016
A portion of the conceptual site plan for potential commercial development Arbor Commons, which would be located off South 17th Street in Wilmington. (Image courtesy of Cindee Wolf, Design Solutions)
A grocery store and a new office and retail space proposed on South 17th Street will be up for consideration by the Wilmington City Council at a meeting next week.

A rezoning request for a planned retail and office area called Arbor Commons was the subject of a community meeting in April and approved by the city’s Planning Commission in a unanimous vote in May.

Now the request is part of the agenda for the city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 102 N. Third St.

A conceptual site plan for Arbor Commons for developer Leon Capital Group shows an unnamed, 36,200-square-foot grocery store, a 45,000-square-foot office building and more than 10,000 square feet of retail space in a third structure, in a 12-acre area bordered by South 17th Street and near John D. Barry Drive.

The property involved includes 4301 S. 17th St. and 807 John D. Barry Drive, owned by GWT Properties LLC, and a portion of 3534 S. College Road, owned by Lifepoint Church.

Before the project can proceed, the site would require a conditional district rezoning, from R-15 residential to community business zoning designations.

The request includes the construction of a public street parallel to South 17th Street connecting John D. Barry Drive and Peel Street, according to a letter from City Manager Sterling Cheatham to the city council.

The letter recommends approval of the Arbor Commons request, and subsequent agenda documents say the request "is consistent with the recommendations of the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan."

In 2012, the city council denied a rezoning request to permit the development of multifamily housing for seniors on the same parcel, the letter says. That denial came after a protest petition was filed against the senior housing proposal.

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