Council unanimously approves 15-year economic development agreement in Leland

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Harrington Development in Leland is moving forward. Tonight council unanimously approved an economic development plan.

The development will include 13 buildings, three with retail space on the first floor and apartments above and 10 strictly apartment buildings. The development itself had already been approved by council.

Currently the land houses a few unoccupied buildings and a lot of undeveloped land. Folks had a chance to voice their concerns about the construction and one thing several people were worried about was traffic, though the town said they have not discussed roads yet.

“I’m just opposed to the size of it and the traffic and congestion it will bring in to a small space of road. And people who have to get to work in the morning, it’s already difficult getting out of Leland as it is,” said Barbara Grabowski.

“But there’s a lot of options we’re still considering and we’ll be working closely with the developer to ensure we can do what we can to maintain the traffic throughout the entire area,” said Gary Vidmar, the towns economic and community development director.

This development will be the first major project done under the new Leland flex code and the town said they are in strict compliance with that code.

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