Wilmington delays public hearing on National Gypsum incentive proposal

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National Gypsum (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council will not hold a public hearing tonight about the proposed incentive grant for National Gypsum, as previously planned.

According to an email from the city, after New Hanover County Board of Commissioners delayed taking any action in order to seek more information about the company’s potential environmental impact, the city decided to do the same.

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Some people who spoke at Monday’s New Hanover County Commission meeting raised concerns about the environment, as the company’s operations create formaldehyde emissions as a byproduct.

The city says this public hearing will be delayed for at least 30 days.

The city is considering offering National Gypsum a grant that could be as high as $46,000 a year, up to five years, not to exceed $230,000.

National Gypsum left Wilmington nearly 10 years ago.

The grant would help the company redevelop their shuttered facility on Sunnyvale Drive.