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CFCC moves forward on Fine Arts Center

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Cape Fear Community College is one step closer to building its Humanities and Fine Arts Center downtown.

The school's board of trustees approved a plan to build the nearly 160,000 square foot facility across the street from CFCC's parking deck on North 3rd Street.

The building will feature classrooms and studios as well as a 1,500-seat performance auditorium.

"This is going to open up a lot of opportunities for students," CFCC spokesman David Hardin said. "I think it's going to attract new students to the area, and it will be a great new addition to downtown Wilmington as well."

Construction on the $39.9 million facility is expected to begin next March and take about 20 months to complete.

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SOON, THERE WON'T BE ANY

SOON, THERE WON'T BE ANY "OLD WILMINGTON" LEFT. THEN WHAT WILL DRAW THE TOURIST? A BUNCH OF UGLY BUILDINGS AND CRIME.EXCLUDING THE OLD CHURCHES, I THINK NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL IS THE PRETTIEST BUILDING IN TOWN. MOST OF THE REST JUST LOOK LIKE BOXES. BUT THATS JUST MY OPION.

UGLY

WOW, that is one an U G L Y building. Why do all the new public buildings (and schools) look like modified prison designs that combine bricks, metal and glass with hard angles that are NOT aesthetically pleasing? What's with that big white roof thingy with the rectangular hole in it? This building hardly fits in with an historic downtown.

There was a downtown house that got fined because their front door wasn't in keeping with historic guidelines...and this is going to be built downtown!? Who approved this? This will NOT "be a great new addition to downtown Wilmington..."

Why can't our public building's be beautiful...if you look at this image, it just makes you feel proud of the public space:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/San_Francisco_Opera_H...

PS: WWAY...Is this a done deal? It's as if we want to further the deterioration of downtown Wilmington. If so, this is a giant leap in that direction.