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Convention center hotel plans faced with delays...again

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Delays. That is the common theme in regards to the potential construction of a hotel for the convention center in downtown Wilmington. Delays. That is the common theme in regards to the potential construction of a hotel for the convention center in downtown Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Delays. That is the common theme in regards to the potential construction of a hotel for the convention center in downtown Wilmington.

Earlier this year, council members agreed to extend the city's contract with Harmony Hospitality, the hotel's potential developer.

The company had planned to present council members Tuesday with an update, but an information request from representatives of the owners of the Hilton Wilmington Riverside postponed the presentation.

According to the City of Wilmington, the Hilton Wilmington Riverside claims that the recently expired MoU between the City and Harmony Hospitality violates the consent agreement from 2006. The agreement says the convention center and hotel need to be separate entities.

When the information request has been satisfied, the Harmony presentation will be rescheduled for a future council meeting.

Harmony Hospitality plans to build a $33.6 million, 186-room Embassy Suites. According to the City of Wilmington, the proposed 163,000 square foot hotel would include a second story, full service restaurant and 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

The all-suite hotel would be about the same height as the nearby Hilton Hotel.

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