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Owner pays to clean-up lot near Convention Center

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington is off the hook for the clean up cost of a downtown property near the Convention Center.

The city says the owner of the property, Riverfront Holdings II LLC, has stepped forward and paid a lien for previous clean-up costs. The property owner has even put money in an escrow account to pay for any remaining cost to clear the site of the old Almont Shipping warehouse at Front and Hanover Streets.

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Why should he? If the county

Why should he? If the county wants his property they need to pay for it, pure and simple. Too many times, governments are allowed to just take people's property or destroy people's property values "for the all suppposed good." Hello, SKYWAY BRIDGE! It is not right.

I found this wonderful pearl

I found this wonderful pearl of wisdom a while ago on another blog. It fits well here as we think of our own region's local politics! Does anyone know where it may have originated?

"There are two kinds of people - chiselers and suckers. The chiselers keep the system going by convincing the suckers that if they, the suckers, hang in there long enough, they, too, can one day be chiselers."

Good move, but very delinquent

With PPD headquarters, the convention center and other current and recently completed projects in this area of our downtown, the removal of this unsafe half-demolished old warehouse is much welcomed. Do you find it strangely interesting how this owner did not have the desire (or money?) to complete the demolition of this building until there arose an opportunity to strike a deal with the City to construct a minor league baseball park on his parcel???