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Harris Teeter Rep. Meets With Carolina Beach Planning Department

Photo from file: On August 17,  2010 a Harris Teeter employee put up a sign saying, "Future site of" Harris Teeter. Now in 2014 the Town of Carolina Beach was recently approached with a site drawing and inquiry about the permit process.

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CAROLINA BEACH - According to Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin, a development corporation recently approached the Town's Planning Department inquiring about the process to apply for a conditional use permit to construct a new Harris Teeter store at 1000 North Lake Park Blvd on the former site of Jubilee Amusement Park.
Parvin said last month the Town was contacted by Ted S. Barnes of Argus Development Group - a Charlotte-based commercial real estate company.
Barnes wrote to Town Senior Planner Jeremy Hardison on February 6th, "I am working with Harris Teeter, on a consulting basis, on the development of the property they own in Carolina Beach.  We have gotten to a point where we now have a site plan acceptable to HT and to the adjacent property owner (the old center to the north).  I would like to see if we could meet and let me share the plan with you, or whomever the appropriate person is, and see what we need to do to start the town’s approval process."
Last week Hardison said he was told by Barnes they hoped to open by the end of 2015 but were inquiring about the procedure and process involved in obtaining a conditional use permit from the Town.
A conditional use permit (CUP) is required for larger developments or businesses that require additional review because of their impact on traffic and the surrounding areas within a zoning district.
Once an application is submitted it's reviewed by the Planning Department, the Technical Review Committee and Planning and Zoning Commission. Following a public hearing the Planning Commission votes to recommend the Town Council approve or deny a permit request. The Town Council then advertises and holds a public hearing before rendering their final decision with certain conditions.
Three copies of a site plan were given to the Town last month. The plan shows a single Harris Teeter store with parking and an entrance on North Lake Park Blvd across from Bennett Lane. Trucks making deliveries to the store would enter from the back entrance off Saint Joseph Street. The store is listed as 53,288 square feet with potential expansion to 60,576 square feet.
A previous plan dated in 2012 showed a proposed development consisting of a 67,566 square foot Shopping Center, 6,000 square foot of General Office, a 3,500 square foot Fast-Food Restaurant with Drive-Thru, a 10 Fueling Station Gasoline Station and a Drive-Thru Bank with 3 lanes. That plan included adjacent parcels that are not covered in the most recent site plan delivered to the Town's Planning Department. The land was formerly Jubilee Amusement Park and was purchased in 2005 for $5,640,000 and planned for a mixed-use retail and condominium development of the same name. When the real estate market collapsed, legal challenges between the developers and investors ensued. The property was foreclosed on and sold at foreclosure auction for two million dollars. Previously a sign was erected on the property in 2010 advertising the property as the future home of a Harris Teeter grocery store.
Hardison and Parvin said no official application has been submitted to the Planning Department but they anticipate an application in the near future.

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