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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After talking about it for years, it looks like Wilmington City Council may be taking huge steps toward two projects. The city held a news conference this afternoon to discuss the details.

The Convention Center has been opened for more than a year. It now looks like it will soon get a hotel. But that’s not the only big news released today.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced the city will consider an agreement with Harmony Hospitality to build a full-service 194-room Sheraton, Embassy Suites or comparable hotel. Last spring, the city approved the proposal from Harmony Hospitality to build a Convention Center hotel. This next step, though, outlines the specifics of the proposal.

The mayor’s other announcement was about baseball. City Council will consider negotiating with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Atlanta Braves to explore a public/private partnership. That could mean an increase in taxes.

“It might be a tax increase to pay for it,” Saffo said. “I’m not gonna sugarcoat this thing, but of course we’d have to have a public forum, public input to see where the public stand on this, because the public might be very much against it, but we’ve had a lot of people that have indicated they’d be very supportive of it, but it does come with a cost.”

The city is also going to reach out to surrounding counties.

We spoke with New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis about a possible partnership with the city. He says he would not agree to using any property taxes to fund the stadium.

City Council will vote on these projects at their meeting next week.

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2016 years 41 minutes ago

I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU NC Legislatures for stopping annexation! NHC..DON’T YOU EVEN THINK about getting involved in this crap!

2016 years 41 minutes ago

Show me one baseball park in the US that doesn’t suck off of taxpayer subsidies….

2016 years 41 minutes ago

This is even more stupid than building the convention center. The streets can’t handle the traffic, no pro team has been able to make a go of it here, and who will go when it is the middle of July and all the mosquitos are coming over from Eagle Island.
The Council is getting ready to raise the property tax rate now, anyway. Saffo and the rest of the council need to go. How much do they think we can stand?
This is just plain stupid.
Follow the money…

2016 years 41 minutes ago

Put it to vote? Do you mean with the same lazy, apathetic city residents that couldn’t even get off their duffs to show up and vote in a new mayor?

That’s exactly the type of support Saffo is depending on. It’s already proven.

2016 years 41 minutes ago

What a great idea it is to raise taxes on us at this time. We have 500 households that don’t even have running water due to the brains behind the water department. Now let’s see how many people we can push over the edge by raising taxes. Stupid, self serving and a horrid group we have running this city. I love baseball but if they are so sure it will work then let these guys finance it. Would love to be with them at the bank when they ask for the loan….can’t you just imagine how loudly… Read more »

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