The reason behind the red balloons along the Wilmington skyline today

The balloons are part of a development exercise. (Source: WECT)
The balloons are part of a development exercise. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Folks traveling over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge were treated to the sight of a flurry of red balloons Wednesday morning.

There is not a festival underway, but the three dozen balloons could give an indication of what the city skyline may eventually look like. A consultant group flew the balloons at various heights Wednesday morning as part of a development exercise for proposed building heights.

Diamondback Development submitted plans for Wilmington Reserve, which includes four residential buildings and three parking garages. Plans also call for an outdoor pool and fountain.

The residential buildings stand up to seven stories tall and the parking decks stand up to three stories tall.

Renee Gledhill, a representative from the state historic preservation office, says they want to see the proposed development's effect on the USS North Carolina and if it will look out of place sitting across the river from historic Wilmington.

Teams spread out across the city to grab pictures from various vantage points to see what effect proposed buildings would have on the view.

Gledhill said it could take weeks before the photo-simulations are created and sent to the developer.

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