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Plans Move Ahead For First Tenant In New Hanover-owned Business Park

By Emma Dill, posted Apr 4, 2024
Coastal Millwork Supply Co. has submitted plans for technical review as it's set to become the first tenant in Blue Clay Business Park. (Image courtesy of New Hanover County)
Plans are moving ahead for a Wilmington-area company slated to become the first tenant in New Hanover County’s Blue Clay Business Park.

Coastal Millwork Supply Co. is looking to build a more than 62,000-square-foot facility on roughly 5.5 acres inside the county-owned industrial park. The proposed building is scheduled to go before New Hanover County’s technical review committee next month.

The firm, which supplies and installs interior doors, trim, stair parts and cabinets for residential builders, is slated to become the park’s first tenant, according to Cliff Pyron, Wilmington Business Development’s director of business development.

Stone importer and distributor Francini Inc. is also “in the queue,” Pyron wrote in an email to the Business Journal. The Southern California-based company announced its purchase of about 6 acres in the business park last fall.

Site plans show a proposed two-story building with more than 62,400 square feet located at 4100 Logistics Road. It includes a loading dock and loading area along with 89 parking spaces, plans show. 

Company officials have said the building will be used for manufacturing and as office space to give the company additional capacity to meet growing demand. Additional space on the site could also help accommodate future growth. The firms are currently located off South 13th Street near Greenfield Lake in Wilmington.

The installation of infrastructure is ongoing throughout the 120-acre business park. 

As of late March, “substantial progress” had been made on infrastructure, according to Kevin Caison, New Hanover County’s facilities project manager. Most of the stormwater drainage, sanitary sewer and earthwork had wrapped up and a “significant portion” of the waterlines had been completed. Grading of roadways in the park is underway and a final stormwater pond is being dug.

“Some of the significant projects still left to finish are the sewer forced main tie-in, pump station completion, waterline tie-in, along with roadway paving and signage,” according to Caison. “As of right now, the project is on schedule, and we estimate completion of work around early summer.”

Last spring, New Hanover County leaders approved spending more than $7 million – nearly double initial estimates – to bring needed infrastructure to the park. As infrastructure work wraps up, Pryon expects to see more activity in the area.

“We certainly expect more activity at the park with infrastructure scheduled for delivery later this year,” he wrote in an email.
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