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Zoning request could bring mixed-use property near art museum

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People living in the Port City may soon have a new place to live, shop and eat.

The city has received a request to rezone about 300 acres of land, but not everybody is excited.

Cameron Management Company wants to convert land across from the Cameron Art Museum into what it calls “high quality” rental property. But not everyone agrees.

“I see this as being a nuisance to the adjacent property owners who bought their property with the intention of peaceful enjoyment of a single-family home,” said Arthur Bullock, who lives nearby.

Bullock does not support the proposed rezoning plan that would turn his relatively quiet neighborhood into a mixed-use development.

“The folks that are asking for the rezoning are doing this without really giving us all of the information,” he said.

The City of Wilmington’s Planning Commission will hold a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the plan, which would include multiple rental spaces and nearly 1,400 residential units.

Bullock says this sounds all to familiar.

“Where is that business and growth going to come from and at what cost?” Bullock said. “We have Independence Mall just down the street, so Independence Mall has seen a negative impact from what’s happened at Mayfaire. You can go through there and see vacant store fronts in Independence Mall now.”

Wilmington’s planning manager Ron Satterfield was not able to do an on camera interview, but he said the city planning commission supports the rezoning request.

“Really the root of this is going from a low-intensity use of the property to a higher intensity use of the property,” Bullock said.

Bullock says he is concerned about the increase of traffic and how the property will be drained.

Neither Cameron Management nor the engineer who filed the zoning request for them has returned our calls.

The city planning commission meets Wednesday at 6 p.m. at city hall.

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