Commissioners still discussing future of Project Grace

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 6:05 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Commissioners met with residents Thursday evening at Cape Fear Community College Union Station to discuss further details on Project Grace and address questions from the community.

Chairman Johnathon Barefield, Commissioner Rob Zapple and County Manager Chris Coudriet spoke about the project and addressed several concerns people had.

One common concern was making sure they the historic characteristics of that area stay the same. County leaders kept repeating that nothing is set in stone at the moment and they are looking at all possible alternatives.

“There are no new details at this point, I think what has fundamentally changed from the last time we gathered with the community to talk about it is the board has given us the directive to go forth and negotiate, but the negotiation includes looking at the scale of what the public purpose is on that site will be,” said Coudriet.

The three-acre block being discussed is bordered by Grace, Third, Chestnut and Second streets, and could become a modern library, hotel, shopping center and a new home for the Cape Fear Museum.

The site currently hosts New Hanover County’s main public library, a parking deck and several surface parking lots.

To learn more about Project Grace, click here.

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