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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wrightsville Beach Aldermen held a public hearing Thursday night on the de-annexation proposal.

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.

“The board decided not to support de-annexation,” said Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti.

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

“I think most of the citizens and the board feel like that property is a part of Wrightsville Beach. We are willing to work with the owner,” said Cignotti.

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.

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

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