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Parking deck project could enter next phase

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Slowly, but surely, the Wilmington City Council continues to make strides towards replacing the aging parking deck on Water Street.

At Tuesday's council meeting, the elected officials will decide whether or not to support a resolution officially moving forward with the UNC School of Government's Development Finance Initiative proposal for the deck.

On Monday, some council members said they needed clarity as to what the resolution would specifically do. They decided that design details still needed to be ironed out, but Tuesday's vote would give DFI the go-ahead to continue working on the project.  

Once approved, the council expects DFI to develop alternative financial suggestions and then issue requests for proposals to developers.

"We're hoping a developer will come up with something really creative that will enhance the riverfront, that will provide sufficient space for the public and we'll see what the individual developers propose because we will approve that as well," said City Council member Laura Padgett.

Padgett said a public hearing will be held soon to determine how much public money will be spent on the project.

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