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Was the land behind the gate on Saucier Way off Station Road intended to be a neighborhood?

Ken Little

In 2006, a request to rezone the property from residential to Office and Institutional-1 (CD) was submitted for the construction of two buildings totaling 24,200 square feet for a Southeastern Preschool Education Center daycare facility that would accommodate up to 200 children, said Ron Satterfield, assistant planning director for the city of Wilmington’s Department of Planning, Development, and Transportation.

The Wilmington Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of the request. The applicant appealed to city council, and city council remanded it back to the planning commission, Satterfield said.

“Eventually, the applicant withdrew the request to rezone and the current private residence was constructed. A number of residents spoke in opposition to the request to rezone the property for the day care,” Satterfield said.

SPEC has two locations in Wilmington, on Vision Drive and South 17th Street. It also operates daycare centers in Leland and Burgaw.

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