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Convention center hotel deal won't be ready for Tuesday's council meeting

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington says proposed purchase/development and parking agreements for the convention center hotel will not be finalized in time for consideration at Tuesday's as had been expected.

In a news release the city says most of the key provisions for both the land sale and development agreement for the privately-owned construction of a convention center hotel and the agreement for the use of the adjacent public parking deck have been finalized. The delay is due to a few legal details still being worked out between the city and developer Harmony Hospitality, Inc.

The city had expected to hold a public hearing on both items, along with a vote by City Council, at Tuesday's meeting.

"This is an important economic development project and must be done in a way that protects the best interests of our citizens and our community," Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham said in a statement. "It's more important to get these agreements done right than it is to rush them through. The city is working very collaboratively with Harmony and we look forward to coming to resolution as soon as possible."

The city and Harmony have been working on both agreements for months. They are among the last items to be approved by City Council before Harmony begins construction on the $33 million hotel, which is expected to begin early next year.

Harmony has received franchise approval to build a 186-room Embassy Suites that includes meeting space, a full service restaurant with room service and pool.

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"in a way that protects the best interests of our citizens"

Not so sure that selling an almost 2 million dollar property for way less than market value is protecting our citizens.

In order to say that with a straight face $affo must be either a pathological liar or an outright crook.

(Or both)

truth issues

$affo has problems being loyal to his word. Remember when he said no taxes for baseball and then proposed to raise taxes to fund it? His current voter registration card shows him living with mommy & daddy due to an alleged infidelity in his marriage on his behalf.

He is both a liar and a crook.

Vote Ricky Meeks as a write in next city election.

Agreement

Hmmm.......Public owned land being sold at approx. 1/4 its value.....A public parking deck giving special rates (or free parking??)to a private corporation........Will this arrangement be acceptable to the conventioneers? Can they or will they be willing to walk from this parking deck to the hotel, or does it need to be attached also? Will shuttles be required to keep their feet from touching the ground? This is sounding more and more like the one sided deal that was negotiated with Mandalay on the failed baseball stadium.....OH WAIT, the same people are doing the negotiating. Mayor Saffo and Councilman O'Grady need to admit that the Convention Center is a failed project and quit wasting any more money to try and prop it up. It would be a refreshing change if elected officials would look out for existing businesses.......instead of offering sweetheart deals to "new" businesses that compete directly with existing businesses. What is the gain if a new business causes an existing business to fail because of perks or incentives that only a "special few" receive? Governments choosing the winners and losers with backroom deals and taxpayer funds are just plain wrong. I hope the voters remember how untruthful and underhanded Councilman O'Grady has been when the next election rolls around......It is time for a big change to occur on the City Council.

More of the same,,,

Blah, blah, blah.... Incompetence at its finest. Blah, blah, blah. Months? Putting a deal together? How about years and nothing to see but a Big White Elephant. Blah, blah, blah.