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What’s up with the zoning hearing about Summer Rest Road?

Julian March
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This wall off Summer Rest Road and the large building behind it, a former sawmill, is at the heart of a rezoning request. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

This wall off Summer Rest Road and the large building behind it, a former sawmill, is at the heart of a rezoning request. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

Q. The city planning commission is holding a zoning hearing regarding the 200 block of Beech Road, off Summer Rest, which parallels the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Eastwood Road. That block of Beech Road holds a most mysterious building complex. An ugly 8-foot-high concrete wall runs over 100 yards at its rear beside the Summer Rest bike trail. A large warehouse with six truck bays is just south of the wall, with no ID. The property is surrounded with Do Not Enter signs and electric gates at the entries. Two apparently empty residential complexes flank the property’s southern borders, each also with Do Not Enter signs. What’s this complex about? What’s the rezoning about? Is the city considering tearing down the ugly wall? Thanks.

A.  On April 2, 2014, Wilmington’s Planning Commission held a hearing on a rezoning request for about 8 acres off Summer Rest Road.

The request was to rezone 7 parcels, 208, 210, 212, 214, 216, 222 and 228 Beech St. from R-20 residential to R-15 residential.

The current zoning would allow up to 17 lots while the proposed zoning would accommodate 23 lots, according to the city’s case summary. To read the case summary yourself, visit http://bit.ly/1i7LADZ.

The planning commission voted three to two to recommend the rezoning, although the city council will have the final say.

The concrete wall is a part of the property at the center of the rezoning request, said Ron Satterfield, an assistant planning director for the city. Satterfield said planning staff are not aware of plans to remove the wall.

Satterfield said the building with the garage bays is likely a building that held a sawmill that was on the property before it was annexed in 1999.

RELATED LINKS:

StarNews in 2003: Court rules Dobo can use saw on property

Did the Dobo acquisition of what is now Wade Park sever connectivity for Bethel Road?

 

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