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Residents of Old Wilmington is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, improvement and beautification of Wilmington's historic districts.
The ROW Neighborhood 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 as a member or friend, click on Become a Member or Friend under the Welcome heading on the left above.
 
~ ROW News ~
Downtown Wilmington Issues
Posted on Jul 13th, 2017 Comments (0)
Residents in the Historic District will be impacted by decisions that will be made by the City, County and State in the coming weeks, months and years that will affect the quality of life downtown. These issues are monitored closely by ROW and are explained below.
 
I.  Short Term Rentals in Wilmington are houses or condos used for the purpose of renting for short periods of time, often a couple of days or a weekend. These rentals are often marketed and booked through Internet websites such as VRBO or AirBnB. Two types of Short Term Rentals have been defined by the City:
  • Whole House STRs are rented without the owner on the premises.
  • Home Stays are found in homes where the owner is on the premises and rents out rooms.
The conflict over STRs centers on whether Whole House Short Term Rentals should be allowed in Residential Districts.  Currently, Wilmington's Zoning Code does not permit any businesses to operate in neighborhoods zoned single family residential. The City estimates that approximately 540 STRs (both Whole House and Home Stays) are operating within Wilmington. Despite the existing zoning code, investors who own Whole House STRs in residential neighborhoods want the code to be changed to allow their businesses in Residential Districts. 
 
ROW favors Home Stays in Residential Districts and all types of STRs in the Central Business District which is zoned commercial.
ROW opposes Whole House STRs in residential neighborhoods. For more details about STRs in Wilmington, click the Read More button below.
 
The Wilmington City Council will be reviewing resolutions and changes formulated and defined by the City Planning Staff. The date of the vote has not been announced. If you want to voice your concerns about protecting the Residential Districts, email the City Council at:  Council@wilmington.gov
 
II. The Grace Street Project concerns the downtown block where the public library is located, bound by Grace and Chestnut Streets and Second and Third Streets. In early October, the New Hanover County Commissioners approved a request for proposals for a public-private redevelopment of the block that currently includes the library and and the recently-built Story Book Park, a parking garage, the Register of Deeds building and an empty parcel of land bordering Grace Street. Moving the Cape Fear Museum is included in the planning. Two public hearings revealed a strong opposition to the re-development which could include replacing the current library building to include the Cape Fear Museum, eliminating Story Book Park and adding new apartments, condos and a hotel. A combination of these elements will be included in the proposals. The County Commissioners will be voting on the proposals in the summer of 2018. 
 
III. The Cape Fear Crossing Project is being proposed by the State Department of Transportation to determine where a new bridge will be built between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. Representatives from both counties work together in the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Commission, Mike Kozlosky, Executive Director. Eleven proposal were initially introduced. The Planning Organization has announced that the two preferred routes are south of the current bridge which would not harm the downtown historic area. ROW favors the southernmost routes that would not impact the Historic District.
The final decision, however, rests with the State Transportation Department and public hearings will be held before the proposed 2020 building date. Downtown residents need to remain vigilant and voice their opinions to protect the Historic areas.
 
IV. Wilmington's historic brick streets help define our historic districts and promote tourism. Unfortunately, many have been covered with asphalt or are in disrepair. The City reviewed the brick street policy, held pubic meetings, and determined steps that could be taken to improve the existing streets. The City Council has allocated funds for "Brick Street Rehabilitation" in the 2017-18 Budget Capital Improvement Program. We hope to see improvements in the coming year.
 
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ROW Grants Impact Downtown
Posted on Jun 1st, 2017 Comments (0)
 
The impact of ROW Grants on Downtown Wilmington is evident in the "Before Palms" and "After Palms" photos above showing the improvement along the Post Office Parking Lot on Second Street.
This year, ROW awarded a grant of $2000 to the Bellamy Mansion for story-board exhibits in the slave quarters to add information about slave life.
ROW also awarded a $2500 grant to the Salvation Army to make preparations to sell the church facility on Third Street in anticipation of a new Salvation Army campus to be built near the airport.
 
Azalea Sweep Volunteers
Posted on Apr 6th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
 
On April 1, ROW volunteers cleaned 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.
 

 
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~ Back Door Kitchen Tour News ~
ROW held its successful 12th annual Back Door Kitchen Tour on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
 
 
 
ROW thanks Finkelstein's Music Store, the Ivy Cottage, Harris Teeter Stores and the Bellamy Mansion for facilitating the sale of tickets for the BDKT.
 
For more information about the Back Door Kitchen Tour, including the list of houses, click on the BDKT Page option on the upper left side of this page. The Back Door Kitchen Tour is the only fundraiser sponsored by Residents of Old Wilmington. After tour expenses,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
 
ROW thanks the generous Sponsors of the 2017 Tour listed below. The Friends of the Tour are listed on the Member's Back Door Kitchen page.
I. Gold Sponsors
Carolina Retirement Planners 910-815-3100         
info@carolinarp.com           
 
Stone Garden                        910-452-1619     
        
Wilmington Ole Time Photo  910-297-1895         
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Keith and Sylvia Kochler - Friends
 
II. Silver Sponsors
The Ivy Cottage                    910-815-0907       
 
Plantation Building Corp.      910-763-8760          
 
Southeastern Marble @ Granite 910-763-7700
 
Element Outdoor Living         910-297-3999          
 
Kitchen Blueprints                 910-763-2536         
 
Hollingsworth Cabinetry        910-251-1490         
 
Addis Construction                910-509-0263          
 
Southeastern Tile Connection 910-799-5565
 
III. Bronze Sponsors
McKenzie Baker Interiors         910-352-3355       
 
Leo Electric                             910-777-1311       
 
Atlantic Appliance                    910-791-2222
 
Intracoastal Realty
lynneboney@intracoastalrealty.com
                                             910-617-5675
       
Big Sky Design                         910-793-3992       
 
 
For more information about the Back Door Kitchen Tour or to sign up for automatic reminders about the upcoming tour, click here  BDKT Page 
 
 
 

~ ROW Awards ~
Good Neighbor Award
 
 
Congratulations to Michael McGinty and Jackie Breny, 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. Michael and Jackie consistently volunteer as docents for the Back Door Kitchen Tour, and they regularly attend the ROW monthly member meetings. Michael is a former Treasurer of ROW.
 
Garden Award
 
 
Congratulations to Gregg Thomas and Tom Faust, the recipients of the 2017 Dolly Pearson Garden Award. They set a high standard of neighborhood beauty in their yard and plant-filled porch at the corner of Front and Church Streets. Pedestrians often stop to admire their seasonal changes.