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Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach to consider Galleria property swap

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council will hold a special meeting Friday to vote on a resolution supporting the annexation of a Wrightsville Beach shopping center into the Port City.

The owner of the Galleria shopping center wants Wrightsville Beach to de-annex the property so it can be turned into a possible mixed-use development. The Galleria on Wrightsville Ave. is one of the few properties west of the Intracoastal Waterway annexed by Wrightsville Beach.

State Street Company out of Charlotte wants to purchase the property and build apartments and retail stores.

“I think it would be a natural extension of the city limits,” Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham told our partners at the StarNews. “The city limits surrounds a lot of that area out there presently.”

Thursday night, Wrightsville Beach Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the de-annexation proposal before deciding whether to support the request.

Friday’s Wilmington City Council special meeting is at City Hall 11 a.m.

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