WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- What some call an eyesore at Wrightsville Beach will soon be gone. To many residents delight, demolition is scheduled to start today on a motel that's been in the town for decades. Longtime Wrightsville Beach residents the Gentrys say for years the Seascape Motel has not only been an eyesore, but its guests have also been a thorn in their side. Gentry said, "They would throw beer cans, whiskey bottles, and a lot of profanity and all that stuff. It was really just unsafe to go down to that end of the beach at night." Starting Monday though, the only sound the gentry's will hear coming from the motel is the sound of bulldozers knocking it down. "We're delighted that they are going to tear it down," Gentry said. In its place will be the town's first mixed-use building. The plans call for a below-ground parking lot, retail stores on the first floor and two stories of high end condos. "The concept seems very good. The building itself seems nice. I like the way they have planned at least on paper, the landscaping and that type of thing," Gentry said. Danny McLoud owns the Palm Room Bar and Grill two doors down from the motel. He hopes the project will bring more business to the area. "I think it will make this part of the beach a better business district," McLoud said. "It'll take two years for them to build it, for it to be completed. But I think when it is it will help, definitely." The only downfall, he says, will be the actual building process. "It's going to be loud, but you can't stand in the way of progress," McLoud said. Progress has been two years in the making. The only thing that might prevent the demolition from beginning today is the possibility that the state will not approve the owner for the proper permits.
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