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Residents of Old Wilmington is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, improvement and beautification of Wilmington's historic neighborhoods. ROW contributes to the improvement of the city through monetary grants to other non-profits and ROW's member participate in service projects.
ROW covers the area from Queen St. to Red Cross St. and from 8th St. to the Cape Fear River. ROW supports the City’s vision to restore and retain the historical integrity of all buildings and enhance the public safety for its citizens throughout the entire Wilmington historical area and the downtown business district.
Find out more about ROW by reading the news articles below. To join ROW, click on Become a Member, under the Welcome heading above.

~ ROW News ~
ROW Good Neighbor Award
Posted on Jun 4th, 2017 Comments (0)
Michael McGinty and Jackie Breny are the 2017 recipients of the ROW Good Neighbor Award. ROW Mayor Phoebe Bragg presented the award at the Historic Wilmington Foundation 2017 Preservation Awards Ceremony on May 25.
Congratulations to Michael and Jackie for their continual efforts to benefit the ROW neighborhood.
ROW Garden Award
Posted on Jun 2nd, 2017 Comments (0)
Congratulations to Gregg Thomas and Tom Faust, the recipients of the 2017 Dolly Pearson Garden Award. Their yard and plant-filled porch at the corner of Front and Church Streets are always beautiful. Pedestrians often stop to admire their seasonal changes. They set a high standard of beauty in our neighborhood.
Grant to Bellamy Mansion
Posted on Jun 1st, 2017 Comments (0)
A ROW grant of $2000 was awarded to the Bellamy Mansion to be used for six story-board exhibits in the slave quarters. The mansion is currently enlarging the information displays about slave life.  
ROW President Phoebe Bragg and ROW Grant Committee Chairman Margi Ericson presented the check to Bellamy Museum Executive Director Bareth Evans and Board Chair Patricia Wilson.
Row is proud to support the educational efforts of the museum, which serves 25,000 visitors annually and sponsors additional events and lectures.
Azalea Sweep Volunteers
Posted on Apr 6th, 2017 Comments (0)
On April 1, ROW volunteers swept the streets of downtown Wilmington in preparation for the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. These hearty volunteers were armed with trash bags as they spread throughout the city streets to pick up trash and debris and beautify our downtown. Thank you to those who participated.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner
Posted on Feb 20th, 2017 Comments (0)
Each year ROW hosts the Law Enforcement Appreciation (LEAP) Dinner in February. The Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office are invited to share a meal with ROW members. Generous portions of food are donated by the members, and the leftovers are taken back to the respective law enforcement offices.
In the picture on the left, Police Chief Ralph Evangelous on the left shares a moment with Sheriff Edward McMahon. 
ROW extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the local law enforcement personnel who continually monitor our community to keep us safe.
ROW Favors Preserving Brick Streets
Posted on Nov 13th, 2016 Comments (0)
Wilmington's historic brick streets are important cultural and economic assets of the city. They help define our historic districts and promote tourism. Unfortunately, many have been covered with asphalt or are in disrepair. In 2016, the city reviewed its brick street policy that was defined in 1987.
Over the past year, the city has held two public meetings and offered an online survey, and citizens expressed a strong desire to preserve the brick streets.  The city also studied traffic data and cost factors.
The City Council will soon vote on the City Budget for 2017-2018 which includes a Capital Improvement Program line item with allocated funds for "Brick Street Rehabilitation."
As part of the input for this decision, former ROW Mayor, Sylvia Kochler and George Edwards, Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, formed a study group to develop a list of recommendations for maintaining and removing asphalt from some of the 3.7 miles of brick streets. The group found that while the repair and restoration of brick streets require significant upfront investment, brick streets are more cost effective than asphalt streets over the long run. A properly laid brick street can last more than 150 years with little maintenance, while a similarly traveled asphalt street lasts only 10 to 15 years. 
The work of this study group contributed to the positive outcome for the historic neighborhoods. To review the details of the group's recommendations, click on "Read More." 
Posted on Mar 14th, 2016 Comments (0)
Introduction and Summary
Like many tourist destination cities, Wilmington is considering how to regulate short term vacation rental businesses.  These businesses rent houses, apartments or condos to vacationers for very short periods of time, often a couple of days or a weekend. They are marketed and booked through Internet websites such as VRBO.com. Most often the owner of the property is not on site; he or she may not even live in Wilmington.  
One important question is whether Wilmington's zoning Code should be changed to permit the operation of vacation rental businesses in neighborhoods zoned single family residential. Under the current Code, such businesses are not permitted to operate in residential districts. The City is seeking public input on this and related questions at a meeting on March 17 at Forest Hills Elementary School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
This is an important issue for ALL of Wilmington's residential neighborhoods because short term vacation rental businesses are operating in most of them, including the downtown historic district and “street car” neighborhoods and neighborhoods near Airlie Gardens and the Cape Fear Country Club. If the zoning laws are changed to permit these businesses to operate in neighborhoods, there will be many more of them in more neighborhoods. 
The City has done a preliminary study of the problem.  The City found that the “majority” of short term vacation rentals are not “readily identifiable” by the City. They are marketed online and rarely have a sign out front. The City estimates “there are likely more than 100 short-term rentals…in operation within the city.”  Most troubling, the City found that the MAJORITY of them are operating in violation of City zoning laws. In a February agenda briefing with City Council, City staff conceded that enforcement of the Code, as it currently is written, is almost impossible. The City lacks sufficient resources to regulate internet based businesses that play "catch me if you can" with Code Enforcement officers.  

Some owners of short term vacation rental businesses claim that their guests are affluent tourists who quietly enjoy staying in a neighborhood and that the owners must keep their properties well maintained to attract such tourists. In fact, the affluent tourist is only one type of visitor using short term vacation rentals. There are many others who rent a house for the weekend because they plan to engage in activities a hotel or motel will not tolerate: large groups of people staying in too few rooms, engaged in late night, loud partying. There are numerous short term rental owners in our neighborhoods willing to rent to this market, and these owners have less incentive to properly maintain their properties. Even responsible short term vacation rental businesses sometime rent to these groups, because they generally not on site and they do not know what their guests are doing on the property.

~ Upcoming Events ~
ROW Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 13th, 7:00
The first meeting of the 17/18 year will be September 13. ROW's membership runs from September to September and annual dues are paid during that month. Please come to the meeting to rejoin ROW and socialize with fellow members. The location will be announced during the summer.
ROW Monthly Member Meeting
Wednesday, October 11th, 7:00 at Tileston School
See you there!

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~ Back Door Kitchen Tour News ~
ROW will hold its 12th annual Back Door Kitchen Tour on Saturday, October 14 from 11 until 5. Last year over 500 patrons visited nine beautiful homes in the Historic District. Ticket information will be available later in the summer.
The Back Door Kitchen Tour is the only fundraiser sponsored by Residents of Old Wilmington. Proceeds go back into our community for beautification, preservation, restoration, and other improvements through ROW projects and community-based grants.
If you have any questions, contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org
Our members are encouraged to patronize the following businesses who were Sponsors or Friends of the 2016 Tour:
Plantation Building Corp.           910-763-8760              info@plantationbuildingcorp.com            www.plantationbuildingcorp.com
Carolina Retirement Planners     910-815-3100              info@carolinarp.com            www.carolinaretirementplanners.com
Ferguson Kitchen Appliances      910-343-0334          wilmington2717.showroom@ferguson.com       www.shop.ferguson.com
Southeastern Tile                     910-799-5565              info@setileconnection.com                www.setileconnection.com
The Ivy Cottage                        910-815-0907              threecottages3@yahoo.com                 www.threecottages.com
Brandon Parrow Cabinetry         910-367-2121              brandonparrow545@gmail.com        
Hollingsworth Cabinetry            910-251-1490              dpreast@hollingsworthcabinetry.com    www.hollingsworthcabinetry.com
Network Realty                         910-772-1622              nre@networkwilmington.com            www.networkwilmington.com
Patricia Barrow, Artist `            910-769-0743               pixbarrow@gmail.com                        www.patriciabarrow.com
Cape Fear Spice Merchants        910-772-2980               cfspicemerchants@charter.net        
Bellamy Mansion Museum          910-251-3700               www.bellamymansion.org
Front Street Brewery                 910-251-1935               www.frontstreetbrewery.com
Caprice Bristro                          910-815-0810               www.capricebistro.com
Indochine                                 910-251-9229               www.indochinewilmington.com
Historic Wilmington Fdn.           910-762-2511                www.historicwilmington.org
Pinpoint                                   910-769-2972                www.pinpiontrestaurant.com
Apple Annie's                           910-799-9023                 www.appleanniesbakeshop.com
City Club                                 910-343-1880                  www.cityclubofwilmington.com
Pilot House                              910-343-0200                  www.pilothouserest.com
Finkelstein's                              910-763-7377                www.finkelsteins.com
Harris Teeter Stores                                                        www.harristeeter.com
For more information about the Back Door Kitchen Tour, click here  BDKT Page 
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