Project Grace

Vince Winkel

Why tear down a library? That was the most frequently-asked question from local citizens at the latest Project Grace public meeting. New Hanover County sponsored the session last Thursday to answer concerns about the three-acre county project bordered by Grace, Third, Chestnut and Second Streets. 

A controversial Wilmington downtown redevelopment initiative, dubbed Project Grace by New Hanover County, is slowing its progress.  

Officials have decided not to vote on the project at Monday night's Board of Commissioners meeting. 

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Project Grace.  Some hear that term and imagine an exciting evolution of Wilmington’s downtown area – bringing together cultural attractions – such as the Cape Fear Museum, shopping, the library, affordable housing in a market that desperately needs it.  Done properly, it could turn downtown into a more of a destination for locals and tourists.

Vince Winkel

The downtown redevelopment proposal known as “Project Grace” has taken a step closer to reality. Last week, New Hanover County held two informational meetings on its plans to overhaul a county-owned block in downtown Wilmington.  The plan comes with mixed reviews.

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This week New Hanover County officials will host two public meetings to discuss Project Grace. That’s the redevelopment of a block circled by North Second and Third – and Chestnut and Grace Streets in downtown Wilmington.  The current proposal would demolish the existing library to build a new one.

New Hanover County Commissioners are moving ahead with a public - private redevelopment of a county-owned block in downtown Wilmington.  Project Grace might also include moving the Cape Fear Museum downtown and building a new library. Tearing down the existing library is not such a popular idea.

New Hanover County

A new redevelopment project in downtown Wilmington may soon become a reality. On Monday, the New Hanover County Commissioners will vote on Project Grace, which could become a 15-story high-rise hotel and condo development.  Four different plans are under consideration. 

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The New Hanover County Commissioners will soon vote on Project Grace, a redevelopment project in downtown Wilmington at the location of the New Hanover County Library and 2nd Street Parking Deck.  The parking deck would stay, but everything else could drastically change.