What are the next steps for the project?

May 2023: A new development agreement for the redevelopment of the county-owned block in Downtown Wilmington bounded by Chestnut, Grace, Second and North Third streets was presented to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Monday, May 15. Following a public hearing, Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the new agreement.

May-July 2023: Staff and the development team will finalize the design plans and the construction project will be put out for bid in May. Then, a revised development agreement that incorporates the results of the bid process with final financials will be presented to Commissioners for approval in July 2023.  

September 2023: If the final agreement with financials is approved, the county would submit the final financial arrangement to the Local Government Commission for review and approval at its September meeting. Construction on the library and museum facility would then begin shortly after, if approved to move forward. 

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1. What is the goal of the project?
2. What is Cape Fear Development's involvement in the project?
3. What is outlined in the new development agreement?
4. How will the project be financed?
5. What would the new public facility include?
6. What services will the library have?
7. What services will the museum have?
8. What happens to the current Cape Fear Museum building?
9. Could the existing library building be renovated for the project?
10. Is parking on the block being factored into the project?
11. What will be on the private side of the block?
12. What are the benefits of a Public Private Partnership for this project?
13. What are the next steps for the project?
14. What is the history of Project Grace?