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 Almost half of the residents in the Historic Downtown-Old Wilmington area are over 45 years old.


About 40 residents from the Historic Downtown-Old Wilmington community attended the neighborhood planning area meeting at the Hannah Block Historic USO Building/Community Arts Center on April 3.

Residents shared what they love about their neighborhoods, what they’d like to change, and their big ideas for the future of the area. Participants also received information about the area’s demographic and socioeconomic standings, including pending changes that will impact their neighborhoods. 

For example, although this area is the smallest of Wilmington’s 12 neighborhood areas, it is one of the fastest growing, as evidenced by the recent development activity downtown. The area’s population is expected to increase by 44% and the number of residents over 65 will grow by almost 60% by 2017. 

Residents liked their tree-lined sidewalks, the Riverwalk and the cultural amenities of the downtown area. They would like to see more police patrols, redevelopment of some specific sites and more parks and greenspaces.

In the future, they would like to see utilities moved underground, fully realizing the potential of downtown and a wide, tree-lined median along 3rd Street. 

The final neighborhood area meeting will be held for the Seagate South community on Thursday, April 24 in the Bradley Creek Elementary School cafeteria, located at 6211 Greenville Loop Road.   

Following the completion of the neighborhoods meeting series, a city-wide meeting will be held on Saturday, May 10 at the Northeast Regional Library. Citizens are invited to drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon to see the results of the neighborhood meetings and learn about the next steps.

Want to participate?
The city’s citizen engagement website,, is getting a lot of traffic. Citizens are sharing input on topics ranging from redevelopment to sidewalks to economic development.

See past meeting summaries and learn more about the city’s long-term growth plan at

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