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Is the lot at 9th and Market zoned for the abandoned cars left there?

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Some of the cars on the lot at Ninth and Market are being repaired by the MobileTech auto repair shop on the property, but some have been abandoned there. David Friend, owner of the business and the lot, is working to get permission to dispose of those cars. Photo by Si Cantwell

The owner of the MobileTech auto repair shop is working to get permission to dispose of cars abandoned on his property. Photo by Si Cantwell

Q. Looks like the large corner lot at Market Street and Ninth Avenue (the old Rippy Cadillac lot) is becoming a junkyard for unlicensed cars/trucks. It is unsightly for our downtown. Is that property zoned for such use?

A. According to David Friend, who owns the lot and the MobileTech auto repair shop on it, the lot is “100 percent zoned for that use.”

According to the city’s zoning map, he’s right. It’s zoned for Urban Mixed Use, which allows for a number of uses including the one at the former Rippy Cadillac property, as the city’s description specifically notes.

Friend said some of the cars on the lot are ones being repaired at MobileTech, but some are abandoned.

Friend said he wants to dispose of those cars, but it can take the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles up to 180 days to grant permission to get rid of an abandoned car. He’s working through that process.


In Wilmington, how can I find out who maintains my street, how it’s zoned, and nearby walking trails?

Is Parkway Drive in Wilmington zoned as commercial?

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