SOUTHPORT, N.C. — A state senator said he wants to know what’s planned for 600 acres that the N.C. State Ports Authority bought for $30 million for a megaport that was never built.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the vacant land bought by the state almost 12 years ago now had an estimated value of $15 million in 2013, half its purchase price.

Ports Authority spokeswoman Laura Blair says the ports’ board of directors hasn’t considered selling the property and isn’t developing the megaport now.

Sen. Michael Lee of New Hanover County says development of the land is problematic because of its proximity to the Brunswick Nuclear Plant to the west and the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point to the north.

Lee said he plans to “look into” what the ports may plan for the property.

Information from: The StarNews,

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