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Generous Gift to ROW
Posted on Jul 20th, 2019 Comments (0)
ROW has received a generous gift of nearly $300 from the estate of past member 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.
ROW Spring Picnic
Posted on May 21st, 2019 Comments (0)
Many members attended the Spring Picnic at the Burgwin-Wright House, organized by co-chairs, Trisha McGarry and Tony Kirkegaard. We thank Denis McGarry for his past years as the volunteer bartender, but Denis has turned over his duties to a professional. Phoebe Bragg presented the Dolly Pearson Garden Award to Allison Green, and Beverly Grasley announced that the Kirkegaard Family is the recipient of the Good Neighbor Award for 2019. (See the award stories in the adjacent column.) The members in the photo above are looking up to the top of the stairs when President Beverly Grasley and Past President Phoebe Bragg led a short business meeting.
Use the Downtown Parking Garages
Posted on Apr 5th, 2019 Comments (0)
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.
Azalea Sweep Volunteers
Posted on Apr 4th, 2019 Comments (0)
ROW Members participated in the annual Azalea Sweep to clean up downtown streets by picking up trash before the Azalea Festival. The participants were treated to lunch at Husk's afterwards.
New ROW Mayor
Posted on Mar 17th, 2019 Comments (0)
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 Comments (0)
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 Comments (0)
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.
Grace Street Project involves the block that includes the library and is owned by New Hanover County. The County Commissioners are reviewing proposals for a public-private redevelopment of the block that could affect the library, the Story Park, a parking garage, the Register of Deeds building and an empty parcel bordering Grace Street. Moving the Cape Fear Museum to the site is a possibility. 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. The Cape Fear Crossing Project will determine the location of a n ew bridge between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. The two routes that would impact the Downtown Historic District have been eliminated. Six routes south of the current Cape Fear Bridge, closer to the Port area, are under consideration. In a public hearing at the Leland Town Hall on Feb. 7, Leland residents expressed opposition to any plan that includes a new road through Brunswick Forest. They advocated a more southern route.  DOT estimates bridge construction will take five years. On April 29, Leland residents expressed opposition to a southern route in a public meeting at Hoggard High School.
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.