The Wilmington Southside Community Development Corporation is looking to turn the Castle Street WAVE bus station into a place of culture, history and economic development. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
The Wilmington Southside Community Development Corporation (WSCDC) wants to turn the Castle Street WAVE bus station into a place for culture, history, and economic development.
WAVE is expected to move from a facility on Castle between 11th and 12th Streets to a new facility this fall. WSCDC plans to turn the lot into "The Castle," which will include affordable housing, retail spaces, a cultural arts center, a business incubator and more.
"It'll be very positive to say the least," WSCDC chairman Lewis Hines said.
Hines said this has been a dream since the late 90s.
"Just a feeling of elation, we were elated to when we found out we would be going into the facility," Hines explained.
The project could cost an estimated $10 million. Project leaders are confident that the money will come from city grants and fundraising.
Architect Clark Hipp said this will be a good development for the area.
"This community has been undeserved for many years," Hipp commented. "This is a great opportunity to help this community in the ways of economic development, give them a cultural center, a place that they could call their own, a place to meet, and center around."
More than 1,000 residents signed a petition in support of the project.
"We're getting excited about the very ideas and the potential that we've set up in this facility," Hines beamed. "Now once this facility is set up, it'll be so awesome like the ‘Field of Dreams,' people have got to come see it. If they come to Wilmington, they've got to come see our facility."
The city of Wilmington gave the land to WSCDC in 2007.
WAVE is expected to move this fall and then testing of the land will begin. Hines said he hopes the construction for "The Castle" will start in the fall of 2015.