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City of Wilmington preparing for legal action over Convention Center hotel

A motion, expected to be filed in New Hanover County Superior Court, will ask a judge to decide if the City of Wilmington is in compliance with a 2006 ruling about land next to Wilmington Convention Center. A motion, expected to be filed in New Hanover County Superior Court, will ask a judge to decide if the City of Wilmington is in compliance with a 2006 ruling about land next to Wilmington Convention Center.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The City of Wilmington is preparing for a possible legal battle over the sale of land designated for the proposed Convention Center Hotel.

A motion, expected to be filed in New Hanover County Superior Court, will ask a judge to decide if the City of Wilmington is in compliance with a 2006 ruling about land next to Wilmington Convention Center.

Earlier in the month, Wilmington City Council voted to sell property next to the Wilmington Convention Center to Harmony Hospitality in an effort to construct a hotel along the river.

Council voted to sell the land to harmony for $578,820, opponents of the sale say the land is worth much more. Attorney Matt Davis who represents the Hilton Hotel in downtown Wilmington says an earlier appraisal of the land valued it at more than $1.3 million.

Davis has said in the past the sale of land is in violation of the earlier agreements, saying the reduced price of the land is subsidizing the hotel project which is prohibited by the agreement.

The motion is asking for a judge to hold a hearing to determine if the city is in violation.

The city released the following statement on Friday regarding the possible suit:

 "We are very disappointed to learn about this motion, especially since there has been such overwhelming public support from citizens across our community who want to see this important economic development project completed. The City believes very strongly that we are in full compliance with all state laws and the 2006 consent decree and we are confident that the court will rule in our favor."

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