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Monday, June 27, 2016
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Judge rules in city's favor

The City of Wilmington received notification on Friday, June 6 that NC Superior Court Judge Paul L. Jones ruled in the city’s favor regarding a challenge about the city’s conformance with a 2006 legal agreement outlining how the convention center hotel could be built. 

 Read the judge's ruling

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said, “We are very pleased with the judge’s ruling because it validates what we have said all along. The city has been, and will continue to be, in full compliance the 2006 consent decree. We look forward to moving as quickly as possible so that we can begin to realize the economic benefits of this important project.” 

In February, City Council approved an agreement with Harmony Hospitality, Inc., to purchase land and construct a 186-room, full service Embassy Suites Hotel next to the Wilmington Convention Center. The $33.6 million hotel will include a full-service restaurant, bar, pool and additional meeting space.

Much of the city’s argument hinged upon the economic growth the hotel is expected to bring, including:

  • An estimated $6.4 million in property and sales tax revenues over the next 10 years;
  • 346 hotel construction jobs;
  • 207 jobs when the hotel is completed.

Since February, Harmony has continued to work on completing the final hotel design and easement acquisitions and expects to begin construction late this summer. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016. 

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