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Greater Downtown Framework Plan

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Vision Statement

The Greater Downtown is a safe, diverse, connected, dynamic, and sustainable community that welcomes responsible infill, growth, and redevelopment of scale and character that serves all.

A plan's vision statement helps clarify what the plan is aiming to achieve. A vision statement is:

  • Long term — looking forward 15-20 years
  • Strategic — setting out a broad picture of aspirations for neighborhoods within the Greater Downtown
  • Descriptive — illustrates what neighborhoods will look like, including the homes, businesses, shops, services, and open spaces they will include
  • Inclusive — considers what land use and development challenges will need to be addressed over the planning period

News & Schedule

At the plan kickoff meeting in September 2017, participants identified neighborhoods, or sub-areas, within the Greater Downtown area. A series of sub-area meetings were held in November and December. At these sub-area meetings, discussions focused on specific opportunities and challenges within neighborhoods, such as jobs, housing, safety, and redevelopment, and helping identify areas that may benefit from detailed design and policy analysis.

Please see map at bottom of page for approximate neighborhood/sub-area boundaries. Click on neighborhood names below for links to meeting results. 

Meeting Schedule:

Neighborhoods/Sub-Areas Date and Time Location
Project Kickoff 9/21/2017, 6 PM

Wilmington City Hall
Council Chambers
102 N 3rd St

Greenfield, South Front, Southside, Industrial

11/2/2017, 6 PM

Lake Forest Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall
1626 Lake Branch Dr

Soda Pop, Carolina Heights/Winoca Terrace, Northside 11/14/2017, 6 PM

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Dining Hall
1416 Market St

Northside, Brooklyn Arts, Love Grove, Hilton 11/16/2017, 6 PM

Johnson Pre-K Center
1100 McRae St

Historic Wilmington, Downtown Core, North Waterfront 11/28/2017, 6 PM

Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center
120 S. 2nd St

The Bottom, Dry Pond, Carolina Place/Ardmore, Delgado 12/12/2017, 6 PM

International School at Gregory
Media Center
1106 Ann St

What will the plan do?

This plan will supplement the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan to help effectively guide change within the study area.

The Plan will:

  • Identify the vision for the future of the study area.
  • Identify the key projects and steps needed to foster sustainable growth and redevelopment.
  • Outline fundamental design standards and philosophy of unique subareas.
  • Outline elements that help implement the vision for the area.

The creation of this plan is a collaborative process based on citizen participation, designed to bring stakeholders together to improve neighborhoods and ensure a better future.

Greater Downtown Facts

GDFP Locator Map

The area considered “Greater Downtown” extends roughly from Smith Creek to Greenfield Lake and the Cape Fear River to Burnt Mill Creek. It includes central downtown and the city’s locally designated historic districts, as well as the area known as the 1945 Corporate Limits, and several sub-districts.

  • Greater Downtown is slightly more than 5.2 square miles (3,343 acres), nearly 10% of Wilmington’s incorporated area. This is the cultural and economic center of the region.
  • The area employs more than 16,000 within the region. It has a significant residential base, with luxury condominiums, historic homes, student apartments and more.
  • While development is booming, it is estimated that approximately 46% of the total land area is vacant or underused.

This represents a remarkable opportunity to accommodate population and job growth.

How can I help?

Citizens know the strengths and weaknesses of their neighborhoods best. Community involvement helps assure that the plan fits residents’ needs and provide appropriate solutions to the identified challenges.

Sub-Areas / Neighborhoods Map

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Map of Greater Downtown neighborhoods

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