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New retail complex being planned

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Big plans are in the works for the intersection of Gordon Road and North College. Plans call for a 250,000 square foot shopping center. Resident Cliff Harris said, "Quite frankly, we need it. The opportunity for people who live in my area not to have to travel large distances because of the cost of fuel. And it would be an opportunity to walk to where we need to go and get what we need. I think it's excellent." The plan calls for 400 plus apartments, a grocery store, and hundreds of thousands of square feet of shopping space. "I feel that we have too much of a traffic jam in that area already and another development would increase the traffic risks in that area," said resident Faye Todd. The lot is zoned for commercial use only, so before the complex can become a reality, the area would have to be re-zoned. New Hanover County Commissioner Bill Castor said, "They'd have to go through the planning department first. And then to the county commissioners, and then we'll have to wait and see what goes through all that process, and all the permitting process they'd have to go through environmentally as well as construction and all that." Castor says if the development gets to that phase, the planning department and county commissioners will consider resident input. The developer, Blue Ridge Companies, Incorporated, did not return repeated calls for comment today.

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New Retail

WIDEN THE ROAD FIRST, unlike Mayfaire & all other up & coming developments, Widen the roadway FIRST, then prepare to build. It would be a complete mess to start building w/o having the roadway in place first. Gordon Rd is already a headache, but since you're gonna build regardless, please widen the road. That probably needs to be done w/ or w/o the new retail business.You've got hundreds of homes on Gordon & you need to prepare for even more traffic. ALSO, FIX THE DRAINAGE PROBLEM on Harris & Gordon, after a hard rain its inpassable.

HUH

First...where in the HECK is there room at Gordon and N.College??? There is no room there to put anything...the area I am thinking is right where the I-40 bridge crosses over Gordon...where do they want to put this thing? Second, "Quite frankly, we need it. The opportunity for people who live in my area not to have to travel large distances because of the cost of fuel. And it would be an opportunity to walk to where we need to go and get what we need. I think it's excellent." YOUR KIDDING RIGHT??? Travel "LARGE" Distances??? WHAT large distance? ALL the way to Gordon and Market or across the bridge to Wal-Mart??? That's like no more than 3 miles....from ANYWHERE on Gordon... That area is a NIGHTMARE at rush hour already...NO THANKS...keep your shopping center!

Planned retail/residential

With the decline of the housing boom & the announcement of many retail chains closing throughout the country & county, why are they building more? It's time to completely rethink how business is planned & constructed because times are a changing plus we seriously need to convince our elected officials that the environment & the public health & safety come first. Consumer confidence is not what it used to be and people are starting to do without, tightening the money belt which will continue for sometime to come. Always hope for the best but prepare for worst. Live within your budget.

Growth, you bet!

Wilmington is not like other areas...obviously, many are not feeling the pain at the pump or high food cost. We build & build...new retail ctrs, like the one on Gordon Rd, Autumn Hall, the convention ctr downtown, etc. Our city has money, tourist & more retirees than you can shake a stick at. People want the growth & if you dont want it, who cares, you'll be steam rolled right over. Sit back, eat strawberries, visit the beach & watch Wilmington grow.......

Grow

With our children...NOT THIS INFLUX OF YANKEES coming down and ruining our city/county...

uhh no

What a rude uninformed statement. As a lifelong Southerner, I welcome our friends from up North down here. Come on rednecks, it's 2008. Get over it. It's not Northerners' fault our inept leaders can't run a city properly.