UPDATE: City council will consider annexation for Publix shopping center

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night to consider the annexation of a new shopping center in the Ogden area.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said the shopping center would be a satellite annexation on the corner of Market St. and Middle Sound Loop Rd.,  and all property owners must agree to allow the city to look into it.

If that happens, Talbert said city council members will vote on whether to pursue it or not, and hold a public meeting. No final decisions were made Tuesday night. Council was simply deciding whether to move the petition forward.

Earlier Tuesday, WWAY spoke with Halpern Enterprises, the developers of the land. They said being a part of the city of Wilmington aligns with their vision for the property, which includes a Publix grocery store, specifically in regards to street front retail, which is more picturesque and shows less parking from the street.

“Their ordinances require a certain amount of street front retail, whereas the county actually prohibits it. So we would have to get a hardship variance with the ordinance with the county,” said Charles Worthen, a Halpern spokesman.

Talbert said the property is only 1/4 of a mile outside the city lines, and the city’s development regulations typically align better to more urban developments.

“So for that reason, sometimes a property owner may want to have the enhanced city services that we provide, which again, are more conducive to an urban area as opposed to a rural area,” said Talbert.

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