The City of Wilmington has taken the next step toward improving the parking lot next to the Hannah Block Historic USO Building, which houses the Wilmington Community Arts Center. Following the regularly scheduled agenda briefing on Sept. 30, City Council saw renderings for the proposed lot improvements.
Proposed improvements to the lot include:
- Improved access to Second Street and the Community Arts Center
- Paved surface that will allow rainwater to drain through the pavement for a natural filtering of stormwater runoff
- Pay station like those on Front Street
- Landscaping featuring live oaks
- Handicapped accessibility for Second Street and the arts center
The 30-space parking lot, when improved, will continue to serve patrons of the Community Arts Center as well as anyone looking for public parking on the south side of downtown. The city has $250,000 included in this year’s budget for the improvements, which are expected to begin in 2014.