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Will there be a chance for public input before the city choose a Water Street developer?

Julian March
StarNews
The Water Street parking deck. StarNews file photo

The Water Street parking deck. StarNews file photo

Q. Will there be an opportunity for any public input into the Water Street redevelopment before a developer is selected?

A. “I can tell you there are none scheduled,” said City Manager Sterling Cheatham.

On Jan. 6, The Wilmington City Council voted 5-1 to select four finalists among the six developers angling to build a multimillion-dollar project at the property at 200 N. Water St.

The four finalists have until Jan. 30 to send the city any revisions to their proposals. City staff are slated to make additional recommendations by the Feb. 17 council meeting, when the council could select a developer with which to start working. City staff also will recommend ranking the other developers in case negotiations stall with the first choice.

That action would likely be a “resolution,” which does not include a public hearing.

Residents can sign up to speak during the public information segment of any city council meeting through the city clerk’s office. You can reach the city clerk at 910-341-7816.

The city held a public meeting about the redevelopment project in March of 2014 that drew about 60 people, many of them anxious about the future of the prominent downtown property.

RELATED LINKS:

City staff evaluations of the Water Street redevelopment proposals

StarNews: Redevelopment project could cost Wilmington $20 million

What is the history of Water Street Center at 106 N. Water St.?

Why hasn’t the city moved forward with tearing down the Water Street parking deck? (from 2011)

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