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City council approve parking deck proposal

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Wilmington City Council had a work session today on the much debated Water St. parking Deck. Wilmington City Council had a work session today on the much debated Water St. parking Deck.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council had a work session Monday on the much debated Water Street parking deck. After a long meeting, council was able to agree on a proposal.

The council agreed on proposals from architects and private development experts from the UNC School of Government's Development Finance Initiative that were brought to them in February.

The proposal includes parking, residential, and retail areas. This proposal includes 325 public parking spaces, and residential units to partially wrap around the parking deck. It also calls for two additional stories of height to attract private development and quality design.

As for public space, Councilwoman Laura Padgett said that is one of her goals for the redevelopment.

"To see a much reduced project that provides a significant amount of public space," Padgett said. "Not necessarily grass, but public space like fountains, and things that draw people to sit and look at each other and the river."

The proposed plans include Bijou Park pedestrian access from Front Street through to Water Street, and pedestrian and vehicle access to Chestnut Street.

According to a city spokesperson, Council members are expected to vote on the next steps of the redevelopment at the next city Council meeting on May 6.

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