Wilmington City Council approves funding for Water Street parking deck
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The city council voted in favor of funding repairs to the Water Street parking deck. The ordinance was not unanimous

“I just have a real problem spending $669,000 on something were going to tear down and I hope we tear down sooner not later, “ Council woman Laura Padgett thinks there are better uses for the property. “I think there are several ways to look at it, I would like to see at least some park space.”

Residents at the meeting support Laura Padgett’s position of removing the old parking structure.

“I think that they are ignoring the vote of the people and that vote was made years ago,” resident Michele Seidman said. “To say that we all want a park and maybe down the line is ignoring the vote that was made years ago.”

This is not the first time the issue of green space has come up and residents started a petition to push the city in that direction

“I’m disappointed in the city council’s decision,” Pat Shaw said. “ I can see that they have to patch up the parking deck but they probably could have taken the same amount of money and torn it down.”

That wasn't the only business at the city council meeting.

City council approved a three month extension for Harmony Hospitality to its agreement on a Convention Center hotel, so the company could secure financing.

Council also voted to submit a grant application for $500,000 for improvements to Riverfront Park.

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THIS WHOLE PROJECT HAS BEEN A WASTE OF MONEY. WHAT GOOD IS A PARK? DOESN'T THIS CITY HAVE ENOUGH PARKS? IT,S VERY CLOSE TO THE RIVER WALK. WHAT REVENUE COMES FROM PARKS? JUST UP KEEP. MORE MONEY. BUT THANK GOODNESS, I DON'T LIVE IN THE CITY AND RARELY GO DOWNTOWN ANY MORE, SO, GO FOR IT.

"In the late 1990s the city sold the deck for about $1.5 million for private redevelopment, later buying it back from PB&G Partners LLC in two separate purchases–half the deck each time, the most recent one being in June–that together amounted to about $4.75 million."

This is what you get when you elect folks who don't value taxpayer money.

Deals like this always make me wonder if some of our illustrious "leaders" didn't have, as we like to say around here, a little "skin in the game" along with PB&G Partners.

Let's see...the "sold" the deck for $1.2 Million, then bought it back for almost $4 Million and now they want to spend another $700,000 on repairs to something they're going to tear down in a few years. Since they're not spending "their" money, I guess it doesn't matter. We City taxpayers are taking a bath to the tune of almost $4 million dollars

Does anyone else see the total stupidity of this? I hope the taxpayers in the City remember this come election day. It's high time a new slate of candidates step up to the plate so we can get rid of idiots.