New aquarium could be coming soon to Pender County

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new aquarium could soon be coming to Pender County. It is included in the plans for a new development off Highway 17 south of Hampstead, across from Scotts Hill Loop Road.

Trask Land Company of Wilmington is in charge of the 1,300 acre project, which would be called Blake Farm.

The retail side of the development would include a 7,500 square foot aquarium, restaurants, and a brewery.

Site plan for Blake Farm, a new development off Highway 17 in Pender County (Photo: Trask Land Company)

The shellfish-themed aquarium would receive state funding and be a branch of the North Carolina Aquariums system.

This part of Pender County has grown up a lot over the years, but the project’s new neighbors don’t mind the change.

“Nothing looks the same down this road, absolutely nothing. I just go with the flow. I don’t let any of it bother me about the change,” said Elizabeth Edens, who has lived off this stretch of Highway 17 since 1956.

The site plans for the development were submitted to the Pender County Technical Review Committee and will be discussed this Wednesday.

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