NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – After holding a public hearing at its meeting on Monday, June 15, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a development agreement with Cape Fear FD Stonewater for the county to enter into a public-private partnership to redevelop the Government Center site, located at 230 Government Center Drive in Wilmington, NC.
The redevelopment will include a newly-designed facility for county offices, including an expanded Emergency Operations and 911 Center, as well as mixed-use commercial and residential, with affordable housing, greenspace, and increased tax revenue for the county and the city.
The next steps, which will take place over the next six months, will be to finalize the building and site design, and complete the preconstruction and permitting work that is needed to move forward with the project. The tentative groundbreaking for a new building will be in January 2021, and during construction the county will continue its operations out of the existing building to ensure continuity of services for residents.
“Once our new building is finished, we will have a purpose-designed and built facility that will meet our customers’ needs now and in the future,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “A park will also be added adjacent to our building that will be a welcome community gathering space, and then the mixed-use phases will begin. So there will be a lot of activity on our site for the next several years, but I believe the end result will bring tremendous opportunities for our county and our community for years to come. We are pleased to partner with Cape Fear FD Stonewater to make this redevelopment a reality.”
The project’s timeline, financials, and other information can be found at NHCgov.com/government-center.