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BUILDING HISTORY: Commercial Properties

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- When you think of old Wilmington and the Historic Foundation you naturally think of the beautiful old homes here, but there is work to do with commercial structures as well.

It's this week’s building history.

“Historic Wilmington Foundation is not just concerned with residential property. We have always had a concern for historic commercial property and behind me,” Executive Director George Edwards told us.

This isn't a matter of theory but of concrete fact. The Historic Wilmington Foundation helped to spear head development of North Fourth Street.

“The Foundation holds four Preservation Easements here and in fact purchased and saved the former St Andrews Presbyterian church now known as the Brooklyn Arts Center that was saved in the late 1990’s and I believe fully that our willingness to move to the Manse in 2006 when there were still question marks about the renewal of North Fourth Street sent a message to the community,” Edwards said.

While some buildings and areas are still in need of renewal, North Fourth stands as a monument of redevelopment.

“These are all buildings five in a row that are protected by the Preservation Easement that we hold on these properties and through our advocacy and direct intervention in the case of the old St Andrews Presbyterian church,” Edwards explained.

Everyone loves the houses of old Wilmington but without commercial properties a city cannot prosper. George is proud of the efforts of preservation.

“This is another good example of preservation at work now putting tax value back into the community, generating jobs and activities. This is what preservation does all over the country and does it very well in Wilmington North Carolina,” Edwards said proudly.
The Historic Wilmington Foundation continues to save Wilmington's heritage one building at a time.

If you know of an old building with a good story to tell please let me know at cphillips@wwaytv3.com

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