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The Downtown Homes pictured above were visited by over 400 people
during the Back Door Kitchen Tour on October 12.
The Back Door Kitchen Tour is ROW's only fundraiser.
ROW uses the funds for monetary grants for improvements and beautification of downtown.
        Market Street Trees                                                      USS North Carolina Battleship
        Post Office Palm Trees                                                 Children's Museum
        Southern Hospitality Sculpture                                 1898 Memorial Hope Circle
Residents of Old Wilmington is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that advocates the preservation, improvement and beautification of Wilmington's historic downtown neighborhoods, informs members of issues that affect the quality of life and promotes social connections.
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 throughout the entire Wilmington historical area and the downtown business district.
Learn more about ROW by reading the news articles below. We welcome all residents who live in the ROW Neighborhood and share ROW's vision to become a member. To join ROW, click on Become a Member or Friend under the Welcome heading on the left above.
Ride the Downtown Trolley! The Downtown Trolley has a new name:  Port City Trolley. The revised Port City Trolley now serves and connects all five districts in downtown Wilmington:  Brooklyn Arts, North Waterfront, Central Business, Castle Street and South Front Street.  New trolley cars will be unveiled during a special ceremony in October. Look for the new cars.
~ ROW News ~
Candidate Forum
Posted on Oct 7th, 2019
A large crowd of nearly 100 people attended the annual ROW Candidate Forum on Monday, October 7 at the Community Center. 10 Candidates participated and Jon Evans, WECT News Anchor, moderated the proceedings and asked questions submitted by ROW members Alan Smith and Marilyn Cantarela. The candidates included incumbents Mayor Bill Saffo and incumbent Council members Neil Anderson, Margaret Haynes and Paul Lawler. It was a lively and informative forum.
Membership Meeting
Posted on Sep 16th, 2019
The annual ROW Membership Meeting on September 11 was well attended by over a hundred members and over twenty new members. Tony Kirkegaard provided a wonderful array of food, especially the chicken salad sandwiches, fruits and munchies. A short business meeting was led by ROW President Beverly Grasley and Tony Kirkegaard was approved as the new Membership Chair to fill the vacancy of former Chair Darla Hamby. The group observed a Moment of Silence in memory of 9/11. Treasurer Dave Hendrickson was kept busy accepting membership dues. Everyone agreed that the battleship is the perfect location for the membership meeting. 
Generous Gift to ROW
Posted on Jul 20th, 2019
ROW has received a generous gift of nearly $300 from the estate of June Dellinger Huff. The check was provided by Executor Muriel Pearson. Another larger amount from June's estate was given to ROW at the January meeting. The ROW Board of Directors and members appreciate these gifts that will be used in contributions to the ROW community.
Use the Downtown Parking Garages
Posted on Apr 5th, 2019
When you go downtown for any reason, be a good neighbor and do not park in the residential blocks of Front, Second or Third Street. The parking garages are free for the first 90 minutes so please use them. The residents of the 200 block of Second Street are experiencing an increase in street parking, especially since the summer downtown concert series moved to the corner of Market and Second. Please be considerate of our fellow residents.
New ROW Mayor
Posted on Mar 17th, 2019
Outgoing Mayor Phoebe Bragg (on the right)  introduced new Mayor Beverly Grasley at the Member Meeting on March 13.
Burgwin-Wright House Grant
Posted on Feb 17th, 2019
Staff members from the Burgwin-Wright House accept a check for $2,000 from ROW board members to construct a fence around the existing air conditioning unit.
Downtown Wilmington Issues
Posted on Jul 13th, 2017
Residents in the Historic District will be impacted by decisions made by the City, County and State in the coming weeks, months and years that affect the quality of life downtown. These issues are monitored closely by ROW as explained below.
I.  The City Council has approved the following regulations for both Home Stay and Whole House Short Term rentals in residential areas of Historic Districts that became effective March 1, 2019:
  • Owners must register each year and provide proof of property ownership. ($200 for Home Stays; $300 for Whole House)
  • The owner must buy $500,000 of commercial liability insurance.
  • The owner must keep records of all rentals and pay the Occupancy Tax.
  • Information about the property and the police non-emergency phone number must be posted in the house.
  • Whole House STRs must be 400 feet from another Whole House STR or a B&B. After the first year, a lottery will be used to determine which STRs will remain where conflicts exist.
  • A designated phone number will be distributed to report complaints to the code authorities and complaints will be recorded.
If you wish to report an STR that is not abiding by these regulations, call 910-254-0900 and leave a message that includes the address of the STR.
The Grace Street Project, involving the block that includes the library, has been postponed. New Hanover County owns the block and County Commissioners are reviewing proposals for a public-private redevelopment. of the block that could affect the current library and possibly move the Cape Fear Museum to the site. A survey of ROW members in March found overwhelming support for keeping Story Park and against building 125 Apartments. The results were nearly even for keeping the current library/building a new one and moving the museum. On April 1, the County Commissioners postponed a final decision on the project. 
III. NCDOT is exploring what can be done with the existing Cape Fear Bridge infrastructure to improve traffic, which could include building additional lanes. The project has not been funded. A plan to build a new bridge between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties is not currently being pursued. 
IV. The City has reviewed its brick street policy and repairs and restoration are underway on S. 4th Street between Market and Dock Streets; on Queen Street between S. 2nd and S. 7th Streets; and on S. 7th Street between Queen and Mears.

~ Upcoming Events ~
Nov. Member Meeting
Wednesday, November 13th, 6:00 Social Hour 7:00 Meeting at Edward Teach Brewery
Come to Edward Teach Brewery at 604 North 4th Street, near Foxes Boxes. Social Hour begins at 6:00 and Meeting begins at 7:00.
Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 17th, 6:00 at Hannah Block Community Center
Come and enjoy the holiday season with your fellow ROW members. Please bring a dish to pass. The food is always delicious. Barry and Sylvia, the popular duo who entertained us last year, will again provide the music.

~ Back Door Kitchen Tour and Sponsors ~
 The 13th Annual ROW Back Door Kitchen Tour held October 12 was a big success. The weather was perfect and all of the visitors were in a happy mood as they walked from house to house. Below are some pictures from the tour.
These generous Sponsors supported the 2019 Tour: 
MEDIA Sponsor
Click here to read an article about the Back Door Kitchen Tour.
I. Gold Sponsors
Carolina Retirement Planners 910-815-3100         
Keith and Sylvia Kochler - Sponsor Friends
II. Silver Sponsors
The Ivy Cottage                     910-815-0907       
Stone Garden                         910-452-1619     
Element Outdoor Living          910-302-6888          
Port City Properties                910-251-0615         
Rooster and the Crow              910-988-0787         
Southeastern Tile Connection 910-799-5565
III. Bronze Sponsors
Darla and Ken Hamby - Sponsor Friends
Southeastern Marble & Granite 910-763-7700
Stone Garden                             910-452-1619
Heinberg Insurance Agency       910-767-9304
Classic Cabinet Designs              910-395-6439
SDI Construction                         910-763-8333         
Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators       910-254-9443
Taste the Olive & Vine                 910-256-6457
Southern Home                            910-251-1038
The Children's Museum of Wilmington 910-254-3534
Leland Ace Hardware                     910-383-668
Crust Kitchen and Cocktails          910-399-1263
(Also, The Cheese Project LLC)

~ ROW Awards ~
Good Neighbor Award
The Kirkegaard Family is the recipient of the Good Neighbor Award for 2019. Tony and Gary and children, Austin and Brittney, received the Good Neighbor Plaque at the Historic Wilmington Foundation Preservation Awards on May 22.  The entire family decorates the ROW Carriage for the Christmas Parade and they participate in community efforts such as the Azalea Sweep. Tony has served as co-chair of the Spring Picnic for several years.
Garden Award
ROW Past President Phoebe Bragg awarded the 2019-20 Dolly Pearson Garden Award to Allison Green for her spectacular garden at 218 N. Fourth Street, shown below.  Walk by and see the lovely plants and flowers.