Wilmington city planners are hoping to encourage redevelopment with the expansion of urban mixed-use zoning, which mandates a blend of the commercial and residential. But since Wilmington is mostly built out, redevelopment will always be in someone’s backyard.
Local government representatives are joining with environmental advocates and business leaders to create an alternative to a controversial recommendation from the Garner economic development report. Instead of doing away with the special use permit process, they hope to cut the red tape for some industries.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says we need people working and paying taxes, not jailed in a cell, which costs tens of thousands of dollars per incarcerated person. His remarks prefaced the public update of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s mission: to build a community where the youth are safe, healthy, educated, and successful.
Downtown Development in Wilmington: What’s the best way to grow while staying true to the Port City’s historic legacy – and what are the challenges to growth downtown we still face?
With historic preservation tax credits hanging in the balance -- even the outcome of the film incentive holding some sway over the economic future of downtown, local leaders could soon have to find new ways to independently develop the vision of a thriving, historic, culturally-diverse waterfront urban area.