Editorial: April 24th Hearing For Federal Point Permit Challenge

By / Editorials / Tuesday, 01 May 2018 16:07

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Carolina Beach Town Council unanimously voted to approve a request for a Conditional Use Permit for G.H.K Developments, Inc. at their January 9th, meeting to redevelop the Federal Point Shopping Center located at 1018 N. Lake Park Blvd. The proposal calls for demolition of the existing shopping center and construction of a new 51,469 square foot grocery store with an attached 8,400 square foot multi-tenant building with a patio area. The plans show areas for two additional future multi-tenant buildings.
Now the adjacent property owner, Jubilee Carolina, LLC, is challenging the Council's decision to issue that permit because they claim it negatively impacts their previously issued permit to build a Harris Teeter store and gas station on the property right next to the Federal Point Shopping Center. Their plan included interconnectivity to Federal Point. Now the developer for that shopping center says they will not allow that interconnectivity which means the Harris Teeter project would have to be redesigned.
A court hearing was held April 24th, in New Hanover County and Town Manager Michael Cramer responded to a citizen inquiry regarding an update on the challenge.
On April 29th, Cramer explained, "The hearing went well, but the judge didn't make any decisions. He is reviewing all the information before he makes a decision.  We don't even know when he will get back with us."
While that challenge makes its way through the court system - which can take time - the businesses are still open in the Federal Point Shopping Center including Carolina Beach Scuba, Primrose Cottage, Tip Top Frame, Maxways and others.
These businesses plan to remain open and when they are eventually informed of a date certain that they will  have to relocate, they plan to open at new locations. In the meantime, they need the public to be aware that their doors are still open, so when you get a change, stop by these wonderful businesses and enjoy all they to offer.
Recently the Primrose Cottage consignment shop announced they are relocating to a location at Monkey Junction in the Walmart shopping plaza near Vintage Values and PetSmart.
Their last day of operation will be May 12th at the Carolina Beach location. They will reopen May 19th at their new location over the bridge.
You can read their announcement on this page.
Hopefully this challenge can be decided upon and the community can finally see some progress in that area regardless of which party prevails. It's been an issue for far too long and Carolina Beach needs to move forward.

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