Strategic Initiatives

Project Grace

New Hanover County is exploring a potential redevelopment opportunity of a three-acre county-owned block in downtown Wilmington. The block is bordered by Grace, Third, Chestnut, and Second streets and currently includes the county’s Main Public Library, a parking deck, and several underutilized surface parking lots.

The project, which would create a civic and cultural arts district on the block, will potentially incorporate a public-private partnership, where the county would work with a developer to redevelop part of the site and incorporate a modern Public Library, Cape Fear Museum, parking deck, and other community elements.

At the Board of Commissioners’ direction in 2019, county staff has continued to meet with the developer, Zimmer Development, to explore redevelopment of this county owned block. Additional information will be shared when it is available.

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Office of Strategy: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 191 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7184 • Fax 910-798-7277
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