Developer tries again

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

After its request was denied to increase the height of one of the three buildings in the multiuse development planned to occupy the site of the old Babies Hospital from 45 feet to 60 feet, Bailey and Associates has applied for a special use permit to raise the building height to 50 feet. 

The property, which extends along Wrightsville Avenue from Canal Street to Summer Rest Road, is zoned Office and Industrial District 1, which allows for building heights up to 45 feet. The three buildings that Bailey and Associates hope to develop at the site would be mixed use with residential, office and commercial space. Commercial space would be limited to the ground level of the building in question, which is also the building that would front Wrightsville Avenue. 

Ron Satterfield, Wilmington planning manager, said the application for the special use permit states that the extra 10 feet would allow the number of residential spaces to increase from 102 to 110 with 15,750 square feet of commercial space and extend ceiling heights inside the building.

At Wilmington City Councilís meeting on Jan. 3, the request for 60 feet was denied by a vote of 4-3 and the public hearing drew many residents from surrounding neighborhoods that were opposed to the request. Those opposed claimed a 60-foot tall building would not be harmonious with the surrounding area. 

The first public hearing for the 50-foot height is planned for the meeting of the Wilmington Planning Commissionís meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.

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