WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Business owners and neighbors were able to give their input on what the future of Downtown Wilmington would look like on Thursday night.
People worked in groups to share what they thought were strengths of downtown and what they want to see come as the area grows.
Christine Hughes, Senior Planner for Wilmington, said the demographics of the city are changing.
"Downtown is becoming ever more popular, and that is a really excited thing for us here at the city," said Hughes. "People want to live, work and play in the greater downtown area. It is where we have our widest range of housing price points. It is where have our highest residential densities, and where we have our greatest concentration of jobs. So there are a lot of opportunities in downtown."
Hughes also said the city expects lots of growth over the next few years, and that planning was an essential part of the future.
"We are expecting about 65,000 people to come to Wilmington in the next 25 years," she said. "Thinking about where they are going to live, work and play is a big question. Downtown is one of the areas poised to absorb some of the population growth."
The city will hold more meetings focused on specific neighborhoods in downtown in the future.