Developers seeking to rezone part of 100 W. Salisbury St. in Wrightsville Beach from commercial to residential released a conceptual plan for the property.
The commercial waterfront lot houses a former convenience store that now sits vacant. The developers want to split the lot, keeping the portion with the abandoned structure zoned commercial and rezoning the rest to residential. The plans show landscaping in between to create a buffer and a sidewalk in front running parallel to Salisbury Street.
The former convenience store would be used by the adjacent stand-up paddleboard business, Wrightsville SUP. The plans state the vacant building would be painted blue and gray with white trim to match the neighboring three-story structure and it would operate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Wrightsville SUP owner Jarrod Covington said at this point he only has a general idea of what he would put in the 1,100-square foot-building, but it would be a permitted use.
“It could be simple surf retail or even to-go drinks, snacks, food, something to complement the SUP and kayak business,” Covington said.
The portion of the lot rezoned to residential would house a single-family home with a deep-water pier. A residential lot on the other side of Salisbury Street has been vacant for more than a decade after being rezoned from commercial, but Realtor Jim Wallace said he doesn’t see the same happening with this property.
“The lot we’re proposing for this site would be highly desirable and it wouldn’t take long at all for someone to buy it and build a beautiful home there,” he said.
Project stakeholders will present their plan to the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen during the Oct. 13 meeting, which will decide whether to approve the rezoning.