Wilmington drops plans to add Galleria land

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Submitted: Fri, 06/28/2013 - 6:37pm
Updated: Fri, 06/28/2013 - 9:55pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It looks like the possibility of the old Galleria shopping center on Wrightsville Ave. becoming part of Wilmington is over.

After the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted last night against supporting deannexing the property, the City of Wilmington decided to drop its bid to move the property into its limits.

City Council was scheduled to discuss the property during special session this morning, but only Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilman Kevin O’Grady showed up.

“It obviously is a valuable piece of property, and the alderman of Wrightsville Beach saw it that way,” Saffo said. “I respect their decision, and I hope something nice will happen with that property in the future.”

Wrightsville Beach says it’s willing to work with the developer that wants to but the property, but leaders say plans to make it a mixed-use area do not fit with the town’s vision.


  • Vog46 says:

    Wonderful idea – but it would take a prime piece of real estate (read big taxpayer) off the roll – which would cost WB and the county monies.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    Let WB pay for it themselves.

  • GlockR says:

    This would be a great location for a new Wrightsville Beach School. It would take a lot of school related traffic congestion off of the island and then the students would benefit from a much larger and more modern campus. It would then let the Aldermen be able to take the mobile units off of the exsisting campus as they wanted to for many years now. The rest of the old school could be used as a marine science center for all of the county schools to use. Having children that attended Wrightsville Beach Elementary the use of the marsh for marine science has been wonderful for the children and the experince should be open to all of the kids in the county. We talk about schools being overcrowded and here is the perfect chance for the county to step up and do something about it.

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