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Why hasn’t the city moved forward with tearing down the Water Street parking deck?

Hunter Ingram
Water Street parking deck

The Water Street parking deck in Wilmington. (StarNews file photo)

UPDATE (July 19, 2017)

Demolition of the Water Street Deck has not been delayed, but does not yet have a specific date, according to Margee Herring, a spokeswoman for the River Place project being developed by East West Partners.

The original date of May 8, 2017, was a ground-breaking ceremony to officially start the process for demolition. Since then, Herring said the complicated nature of the project has been more challenging than anticipated as crews work contend with ongoing Water Street renovations, removing work from underneath the deck, adding ADA-required ramps to the connecting Murchison Building and relocating the entrance and egress to the Cotton Exchange to Walnut Street.

“It is necessary to have all these things in place before a full demolition can begin,” she said.

Herring said no date can be set until these things are completed.


The Wilmington City Council is in the process of deciding what to do about the Water Street parking deck. The council went into closed session during a recent meeting to talk about the potential purchase of the part of the deck that is owned by PB&G Partners. The city owns the other half.

The original plan was for PB&G to develop the dilapidated deck into condos and stores but the economy and other complications got in the way. Part of the land is also planned for a city park. PB&G has since restructured and formed 200 Water LLC. The company’s new plan is to develop luxury apartments for residents 55 and older. But the company still owes the city parking deck revenues. The city council will have to vote in open session on what they decide to do with the deck. It’s unclear when that might be.

– Shelby Sebens

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