Wilmington City Council will discuss spending almost $4 million on downtown property Tuesday

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Submitted: Fri, 11/15/2013 - 5:37pm
Updated: Fri, 11/15/2013 - 5:56pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council is scheduled to have a public hearing Tuesday to consider buying 6.63 acres of property along the northern downtown riverfront.

The city says the price tag now is $3.7 million. We’ve also been told multiple times by the city that it doesn’t know where that money will come from.

The property is owned by Chuck Schoninger and Riverfront Holdings II, LLC. It’s part of a larger piece where the Almont Shipping Company was.

Riverfront Holdings II, LLC is the developer of the marina and riverfront development that is taking place between the Wilmington Convention Center (to the South) and the proposed riverfront park (to the North).

The city says the placement of a public park along the riverfront is consistent with the Vision 2020 Downtown Plan, which states, “The lack of downtown parks and open space has a critical impact on the urban environment. Without inviting recreation opportunities or public gathering places, the reasons for visiting or staying downtown are reduced for both local residents and tourists.”


  • Guest2020 says:

    What happened to the fiscal responsibility Rivenbark was claiming in his campaign? Oh, that’s right–he thought the publicly fund ball stadium was a good idea. He has no clue how to be fiscally responsible.

  • Nora Walker says:

    “Parks and and stupid stuff we don’t need” Your comment is what is stupid. Of course we want parks. Every time there is a bond for parks it passes overwhelmingly. Maybe you don’t like parks and greenways becuae you sit at home listening to Hannity all day, but the rest of us like to get out and exercise and enjoy a quality of life. of curse we need parks. What we don’t need is your narrow minded attitude. Also notice that for all the griping about Rivenbark and O’Grady, look who were the top two vote getters.

  • Guest4545454 says:

    Why is it that city council can find money for parks and stupid stuff we don’t need, but when their police officers who have been fighting a gang war all summer ask for meaningful raises they get told there isn’t enough?

    All the while raising insurance premiums so the officers bring home even less money.

    I brought home more money when I started in 2007. The best officers are getting out as fast as they can. Guess who will be left?

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    The city does not know where the money will come from. Yes they do. It will come from my wallet and your purse. What they don’t know, yet, is exactly how they will empty my wallet and your purse to build a park that I, certainly, will never use.

    Wilmington Observer

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I say it again — Schoninger must have pictures and/or videos of the Mayor or members of the City Council. They have not put greater effort into any other aspect of city affairs. Schoninger must own them. And they admit, they have no idea where the money will come from. Maybe they’re planning to use the annual operating profits from the Convention Center.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    C’mon, you don’t really believe that this is about building another park, do you?

    Wilmington: The city where voter apathy trumps common sense. Now it’s time to pay up. What a bunch of damn fools.

  • Park Crazy says:

    What happened to the piece of property the COW bought a few years back that was supposed to be a City Park between Front and Water? The over $3 million vacant lot. The COW decided it was more important then giving city workers raises. Looks like it will happen again.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:


    Wait a minute…now for the Election results and…”Wilmington City Council will discuss spending almost $4 million on downtown property Tuesday!”


    Hollywood…you “DO” have an outlet in Wilmywood (for now)…so here’s your new TV series…”The Tainted Wallets of Wilmywood”. The taxpayers of Wilmington will gladly write you the script…and weekly too!

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