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Why did the city tear down a large flower-filled brick planter at the foot of Market Street after just recently building it?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews

Before the city replaced the bulkhead underneath Water Street, a wooden planter used to sit there at the foot of Market Street, a popular gathering place.

After tearing up the street — and planter — for the bulkhead project, the wooden planter was replaced with a brick planter, said Richard King, Wilmington Public Services director.

But there was a problem. The brick planter was made too large and obstructed pedestrian traffic in that area, King said. So the city paid a contractor $6,000 to $7,000 to reduce the size of the planter.

King said a design flaw led to the planter being built too large.

But that’s not the end of the story. There are still people who don’t like the appearance of the planter and want it removed entirely.

New flowers haven’t been put in the planter yet, but King said he anticipated it would be replanted soon.

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One Response to “ Why did the city tear down a large flower-filled brick planter at the foot of Market Street after just recently building it?”

  1. On August 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm charlie davis wrote:

    Mr king says it was a design flaw. Why not hold the people who approved that design responsible instead of the tax payers. I am a mason an can tell from the picture that the brickwork is really bad. You would think doing it twice and in a very public place that it would be perfect. You should name the contractor so no one else will use them.



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