Council meeting, Mar. 21
Tuesday, Mar. 21, City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
Items of interest on the agenda included:
- APPROVED: A resolution adopting the North Waterfront Park Master Plan. After the city purchased the 6.63-acre riverfront property in late 2013, staff did an analysis of successful urban parks and assessment of downtown needs. An extensive public input process followed in 2014 that included surveys, public meetings, input gathered at community events and presentations to community groups.
The park master plan was developed based on the results of this process and includes a conceptual site plan that incorporates the top 10 elements the public desired to see in the park, including: greenspace/lawns, a performance venue and festival space, shade, playground, water feature, trails, gardens, public art, public docking and natural areas. Passage of the 2016 Parks Bond provides $20 million in funding for development of the park that will be designed as a community gathering space and serve all Wilmington residents.
- APPROVED: An ordinance to accept a $20,000 TD Bank’s Green Streets grant. Wilmington was one of only nine cities in the US selected to receive the grant. The funds will be used to plant trees in the Houston Moore and Hillcrest communities, as well as development of training and educational programs.
- APPROVED: A resolution to allow the Azalea Festival to use the upper level of the Water Street parking deck for vendor parking during the festival’s street fair on April 7-10. The old parking deck closed on Dec. 31 as the city and developer East/West Partners began work on a $78 million public/private mixed-use redevelopment project called “River Place.” The project will include parking, residential, retail and open space, as well as the re-connection of Chestnut Street through to Water Street. While the utilities that were attached to the deck have been since been moved underground and other preparations are underway, actual site demolition is now slated to begin in early May.
- APPROVED: A resolution revising the composition of the Municipal Services District (MSD) Advisory Committee. When Council first established the committee in January, one of the members was to be from the retail community and also a member of the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA). If approved, this resolution would remove the requirement that the retail representative be a member of the DBA and would add an additional member from the DBA board, making this a 14-member committee.
The city is currently seeking members for the advisory committee made up of property owners, residents and businesses located within the Municipal Services District, which will have the same boundaries as downtown’s Commercial Business District (CBD) and will go into effect July 1. The deadline to apply is Mar. 31.
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The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, March 31.
Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, which is located on the second floor of City Hall at 102 North 3rd Street. Parking is available in the Thalian Hall parking lot or in the city parking deck located directly across from City Hall.
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