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Project Grace Surprise At New Hanover County Commission Meeting

Project Grace is now the subject of a planned public forum in May.  Just two weeks ago, New Hanover County officials yanked the controversial proposal to renovate an entire Wilmington city block from a Board of Commissioners meeting agenda after loud protests from opponents.  But Monday's County Commission meeting yielded a surprise new development.

Commissioners have unanimously approved a motion to start discussions with the Zimmer Development team about the current proposal.  The motion, which passed at yesterday’s meeting, also allows officials to explore alternative options for the county-owned block in downtown Wilmington.  That’s according to a county news release. 

The move came during “additional items of business”.  County officials describe that part of the agenda as an opportunity at the end of a board meeting for Commissioners and senior staff to raise issues that are not on the agenda. 

A county-organized community forum about Project Grace is planned for Thursday, May 9th from 6 to 7:30 PM at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station.  Officials say they will allow people to ask questions and speak at the meeting in what they describe as a “facilitated conversation”.  

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.