St. James Center, a 139-acre commercial/multi-family project, is approved north of NC 211

  • State Port Pilot:  By Terry Pope, Staff Writer

The project by Homer Wright, St. James Plantation founder, sets aside 53 acres for multi-family development and 39 acres for commercial, with a total of 1,902 units proposed.

Brunswick County Planning Board members approved the conceptual plan at their meeting Monday night. No one spoke at a public hearing other than St. James Plantation vice-president of land development Mark Brambell.

Brambell told the board initial plans called for a grocery store chain to anchor the commercial site but a deal was never reached. He said plans to widen N.C. 211 to four lanes and how that will interact with the project leaves a lot yet to be determined.

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Development Agreement

  • State Port Pilot: By Michael Paul, Staff Writer

The St. James Planning Board recommended last Thursday that the proposed development plan be sent to town council for adoption. In an informational meeting Tuesday at the St. James Community Center, residents commented about the plan and the proposed agreement.

Following is background about the plan and comments about it. The draft of the town development agreement map is at townofstjamesnc.org.

Zoning map amendment

“For our purposes, this is a zoning map amendment,” chairman Bob Accordino said during the planning board meeting Thursday, July 13. “Originally, there was some confusion between whether it was planned development or a development agreement.

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