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City leaders look at plans to renovate Hannah Block parking lot

The Hannah Block parking lot next to the Community Arts Center downtown has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the shooting death of Joshua Proutey last December, and Wilmington City Council members saw plans for renovating the lot Monday morning. The Hannah Block parking lot next to the Community Arts Center downtown has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the shooting death of Joshua Proutey last December, and Wilmington City Council members saw plans for renovating the lot Monday morning.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Hannah Block parking lot next to the Community Arts Center downtown has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the shooting death of Joshua Proutey last December, and Wilmington City Council members saw plans for renovating the lot Monday morning at their agenda briefing.

The plans make the lot safer and more accommodating for all members of the public, and would involve adding six new lights to the parking lot.

According to the plans, lot access points would be restructured and modified so that the community arts center is easier to access for the disabled. The lot would house 30 parking spaces.

Bill Saffo said that even though additional lighting was already added in January in response to Proutey's death, there were general improvements that still needed to be made to the lot.

"This will be part of the overall improvement to that lot, and we think it's a fair improvement because that building is a heavily used building by a lot of our citizens," said Saffo. "So, we want to make sure we have a very nice lot there that's taken care of and done in the right way."

"I believe it's a great plan, and I think the council is ready to approve that particular plan also," said Saffo.

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