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Aug 3, 2018

Developers aiming to build townhomes and apartments on South 17th Street are taking their case to the Wilmington City Council. Madison Capital Group is appealing a decision by the Wilmington Planning Commission denying the rezoning request that would have allowed them to put 183 apartments (rendering shown below) in two, three-story buildings along South 17th and Peel s ...

Aug 2, 2018

New Hanover County is seeking a construction manager at risk for an estimated $11 million to $12 million replacement of the Division of Juvenile Justice facility at 138 N. 4th St. in downtown Wilmington. The change from a one-story structure to an estimated three-story, 35,000-square-foot building to house courtrooms and related space is necessary because North Carolina ...

Jun 22, 2018

Cape Fear Crossing Studies Moving Forward

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 22, 2018

Bolstered by recent funding, environmental studies are continuing to move ahead on the Cape Fear Crossing project. A draft environmental impact study is anticipated for September with corridor public hearings in the fall, according to Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO). The WMPO board recently allo ...

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Lessons Learned from a False Alarm

Posted Aug 15, 2018
You may have heard about New Hanover County Government Center’s inadvertent emergency alert that happened on Aug. 1. The alert was treated as a real threat, employees evacuated the building, and law enforcement responded.

It turned out to be a false alarm and everyone was safe, but here is how the story played out.

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Jun 14, 2018

County, City Officials Explain Budget's Business Benefits

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 14, 2018

New Hanover County and city of Wilmington officials say that portions of the budgets for the upcoming fiscal year will have an impact on local businesses. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on June 4 adopted the county's $333 million budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. That budget includes a 1.5-cent cut in the property tax rate. The new tax rate is ...

Jun 13, 2018

With less than 3,000 acres left of developable land in the city of Wilmington, buying the recreational facilities and green space on 14 acres at Echo Farms for public use was especially critical, officials said Wednesday. The joint purchase between the city and the county of the property, which includes a pool and clay tennis courts, will cost $1.7 million, New Hanover ...

May 17, 2018

Legislators File Flurry Of GenX-related Bills

By Staff Reports, posted May 17, 2018

Emerging water contaminants such as GenX were the focus of back-to-back announcements from state lawmakers Thursday. A coalition of Republican state House and Senate members representing southeastern North Carolina  said their new plan will address the need for access to safe drinking water, extend efforts to remove GenX pollution from public water supplies and tak ...

May 14, 2018

City, County Propose Economic Development Funds For Next Fiscal Year

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted May 14, 2018

New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington have presented staff recommendations for 2018-19 fiscal year budgets, which include suggested appropriations for economic development purposes. The city is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its recommended budget at its council meeting Tuesday. The city's budget proposal continues incentive agreements with Castle Bra ...

May 10, 2018

Brunswick County To Install $99 Million Reverse Osmosis Plant

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted May 10, 2018

Brunswick County's Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the construction of a $99 million low-pressure reverse osmosis plant. The approval came at the board's budget workshop Thursday, a measure that is expected to provide "a forward-thinking, long-term water quality solution for all customers that receive water from Brunswick County," c ...

May 1, 2018

New Hanover County is embarking on the first phase of seeking proposals for a major downtown redevelopment project. The county released Monday a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to interested project teams for Project Grace, which is the name of the potential redevelopment of the 3-acre county-owned block in downtown Wilmington that includes the main branch of ...

May 1, 2018

$6.7M Expected To Pave Way For Bulkhead, Riverfront Park Improvements

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted May 1, 2018

One of downtown Wilmington's prime tourist spots is expected to get a boost from federal funds to the U.S. Coast Guard for repairs to the bulkhead along the Wilmington riverfront. U.S. Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) was joined by Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and the rest of the Wilmington City Council on Tuesday at Riverfront Park to announce that $6.7 million has bee ...

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