Historic Wilm. Foundation to present ways to protect historic buildings

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Historic Wilmington Foundation will join city council members Tuesday to discuss changing the city ordinances in order to protect historical buildings.

Several homes and business have recently been demolished because they are old and run-down.

"If you just hold onto old buildings and you don't have a proposal for their re-use, you're creating in some cases just a museum," said George Edwards, the executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation.  "I love museums, do not get me wrong, but what you want to have is vibrant, economic, viable neighborhoods in the central business district."

Fed up with losing old buildings and gaining empty lots, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is one of several groups that have developed new regulations to help preserve historic landmarks.

"When somebody tears down a building, nobody really wins," said downtown Wilmington developer David Spetrino.

Spetrino said he's in favor of the proposed incentive plans that will be discussed during a meeting Tuesday evening.

"You cannot just say, 'Well we're going to tell you what to do with it,'" said Spetrino.  "Nobody - I don't care if you're a six year old or a 60 year old - they don't like to be told what to do. But you certainly don't mind being bribed."

Call it a bribe, an incentive, or a plea, the plans would aim to keep current buildings standing, while offering extra building space in the form of height on empty plots.

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