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Wilmington council to consider developer's voluntary annexation

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- You've heard a lot lately about fights against annexation, like in Monkey Junction and Southport. But a development company wants the City of Wilmington to annex property for a future apartment complex.

Flournoy Development Company is building luxury apartments a few miles outside of Wilmington. The company hopes to eliminate that distance without moving.

"The city came to Flournoy with an interest in having Flournoy be a part of the city, and we entered into discussion with city officials, and they thought it would be a good idea," Flournoy attorney and spokesman Tom Johnson said.

The company will break ground in the spring on a 27-acre vacant plot near Market Street and Marsh Oaks Drive in Porters Neck.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says this is not the first voluntary annexation. She says the move appeals to developers because of the services the city provides.

"You do have storm water services, you have a higher level of fire services, you have greater police coverage, just a whole host of things really that make it more attractive," Talbert said.

Johnson says if annexed the apartments will benefit both the company and the city.

"It will create jobs for construction and even post construction for those that are employed to operate the complex, and it just meets a housing need," he said.

Talbert says City Council and the Planning Commission will look at several aspects to decide if this is worthwhile.

"You have to be close to the city limits," she said. "You have to be largely an urban area, which this is. It can't just be country 10 miles outside the city limits.>

Johnson says Flournoy is interested in moving forward regardless of the annexation, but is optimistic that it will become part of the Port City.

Wilmington City Council will discuss the annexation at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. If council decides it meets the guidelines, it will make a date for a public hearing.

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