The Alcohol and Beverage Commission plans to demolish more than a dozen homes in an area that could soon become a historic residential district off of 17th and 18th Streets. The City of Wilmington gave ABC demolition permits to knock down the houses that stand in the way of a new warehouse and parking lot. But, before they can actually build anything, ABC must get the city council's permission. Councilman Ron Sparks said, "Our only input is when they bring a plan to us, for us to review. No plan has ever been submitted prior to them making the acquisition of these homes." Neighbors of the area are concerned that the business construction will lower the value of their homes. Despite the opposition, the ABC board says it will continue to follow through with its plans to demolish the homes.
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