Hampstead landowners seek commercial use for land for homes

County officials received a request to rezone 11.5 acres of land for commercial use along US 17.

Hampstead landowners are asking to alter a residential area on 11.5 acres of land to accommodate other nearby businesses along US 17 – though it won’t be in future land use plans Pender County lands.

An application has been filed to rezone two parcels of land on the east side of the highway, near its intersection at Sloop Point Road, from Residential Performance (RP) to General Business (GB). Commercial broker Michael Nadeau submitted the request on behalf of owners Thomas and Rebecca Benfield, who currently live in Las Vegas.

The Benfields have owned the family property for several decades. According to county records, the property is worth $510,300. Currently, there are no construction plans for the land.

“They’ve put the property up for sale, but it’s kind of a small residential zoned island right in the middle of a big commercial node of commercial zoning and commercial uses,” Nadeau said.