Company linked to proposed baseball stadium on delinquent property tax list

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Submitted: Sat, 03/17/2012 - 1:52am
Updated: Sat, 03/17/2012 - 11:53am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The owners of property where a proposed baseball stadium may go have struck out in their taxes.

Riverfront Holding’s II LLC is listed as owing New Hanover County more than $43,000. Chuck Schoninger, an agent for the company has recently pitched his idea for a north downtown development, which includes a baseball stadium.

WWAY tried to reach out to Schoninger for a comment, but he did not return our call.

More than $5.2 million is owed to the county this year on 4,600 delinquent properties. Taxes for 2011 became delinquent on January 6, 2012. Property owners who failed to make payment by that date are now liable for the amount due, plus interest and an additional $2.50 to cover the cost of advertising. Under North Carolina General Statute, counties are required to advertise delinquent taxes each year.

The county’s tax department released the list Friday evening.


  • Guest111 says:

    Are you serious? They are already doing dirt work on this property? I’ll drive down there tomorrow and see for myself. Again, all you lazy a** people who sat home and didn’t vote in the last election, I hope you are happy with the way things are going in the city. You have just GOT to be proud.

  • guesty says:

    The grading and dirt piles are for the new hotel, not the ballpark. Not that it really matters, the elected officials have proven they really don’t care what the public wants.

  • Guest461 says:

    …for property they’ve tried to sell for years. An investment gone bad years ago. Now they want to shove it off onto the taxpayers because even the investers smell the rot. What’s really funny is that there is already a lot of grading and earth moving going on on that site. Looks like the city folk have a new stadium coming their way…like it or not!!!

  • Guest 1948 says:

    I have an idea that you’re right and it’s pretty much a done deal. Another back room, under the table deal to make politicians a whole bunch of money at tax payer expense.

  • Brian says:

    Does this mean that they’re going to seize the property for back taxes now? I say that a re-evaluation is also in order since the property is much more valuable now that it’s been deemed suitable for a high value project.

  • Guest Reply says:

    And I thunk this was an honest deal without any shadows attached. Well…looks like the city can get it for $43,000 less…or wait it out on the back taxes thingy…and get the land for free!

  • gramps1935 says:

    Don’t worry. The taxpaying chumps, in Wilmington, can pay an extra S10-12 million when corruption seeps in, and the $30 million, becomes a $40 million dollar stadium.

  • Guest111 says:

    So this company is behind on taxes and now are trying to strike a deal with the city to ‘buy’ this same land for a baseball stadium. Hmmmm I wonder who he is related to. . who he might be personal friends with and why Saffo and company were talking ‘business’ about this last summer when we didn’t know anything about it. Amazing the things that go on behind closed doors….

  • Guest 1948 says:

    Looks like a big commision for Saffo’s real estate company. No wonder he can afford to live in Landfall – the tax payers of Wilmington are paying the tab for his shady behind doors business deals.

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