| Wilmington StarNews
As Leland’s population grows, new stores, restaurants and public services are following.
A pizzeria and a furniture store have submitted development plans in recent months and a Wendy’s, Tractor Supply store and new fire station are already in the works. The new businesses are part of a wave of commercial growth that has followed the area’s growing population.
Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has received approval for a site development plan in Brunswick Forest to build at a new location that will replace their current building.
The plan proposes a 4,800 square foot free-standing restaurant. The new restaurant will be located on East Cutler Crossing, directly across the parking lot from their existing Pizzetta’s Pizzeria restaurant.
The next step in the development process will be applying for a building permit, said Ben Andrea, Leland’s planning and inspections director.
Custom Home Furniture Galleries has also submitted a development site plan application to the town’s Technical Review Committee. The application proposes a two-story 53,000 square foot furniture showroom and warehouse. The building will be located in the Waterford commercial area across from the Waterleaf at Leland apartments.
After reviewing the initial plan, committee members sent back several comments that will need to be addressed in a revised plan, Andrea said.
“Once they submit to us a plan that addresses all the comments that we sent to them then they will receive preliminary zoning approval,” he said.
The town has issued building permits for a new Tractor Supply store and a Wendy’s restaurant, according to Andrea.
Tractor Supply is located off U.S. 17 on Carol Lynn Drive, and Wendy’s is located in Brunswick Forest at the corner of U.S. 17 and Provision Parkway. Wendy’s is expected to open in early 2021.
The town is also adding a new fire station to keep up with its growth.
Plans for the station are in their early stages, but the town has contracted with a company that will renovate an existing building into a fire station. The building, which is located at 187 Old Lanvale Road, once served as a volunteer fire station and is currently being used by the town for maintenance.
The new station will allow firefighters to serve new developments, including Brunswick Forest, Lanvale Trace, the Stoney Creek area and Snee Farm neighborhood, said Leland Fire Chief Chris Langlois.
The positioning of the new station with existing stations on River Road and Village Road will give the fire service the coverage they will need to respond to emergencies quickly, Langlois said.
“The area we’re going to build this station in is going to put us in a much better location to provide better response times and coverage,” he said.
Adding new fire stations will help Leland firefighters respond quickly to calls as the community grows.
“We’re going to keep up with the spread by adding this station and probably any additional stations that are needed in the future based on that response time,” Langlois said. The department aims to respond to calls in seven minutes or less, he said.
The station – named Station No. 53 – will open next summer.
Reporter Emma Dill can be reached at 910-343-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org