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City Council approves funding to begin construction on convention center

Tuesday night City Council voted and the convention center is a go. Council approved more than $6 million to begin construction on the project. In less than two weeks crews will start work on the site. Even without the hotel the Council voted to begin leveling the ground and the foundation for the parking deck. Proponents of the project say Tuesday night's vote a significant step forward. "Tonight's a tremendous victory for the people that have been working for this for a long time," Convention Center Task Force Chair Dale Smith said. Money to fund construction on the Convention Center project was given a stamp of approval by a vote of six-to-one by Wilmington City Council. Pat Delair was the only council member against it. This was the second reading for the ordinance. Once again, Laura Padgett, a long-time supporter of the Convention Center voiced concerns about going forward without a hotel. "I still have some heartburn over construction on this project beginning on the parking deck on the Convention Center without the hotel," Council member Laura Padgett said, "In moving forward, to put in the pilings and the foundation, at some point that's not going to be do-able, and at some point, it seems to me that's going to be an additional disincentive to the hotel." The original developer, Armada Hoffler, backed out of an agreement to provide a first-class hotel. Members of the Convention Center Task Force say a number of interested hotel developers are now coming forward. "Since the council approved this two weeks ago we've had seven hotels contact us that are interested, so they we're just waiting to see if this city was really serious about this," Task Force Chair Dale Smith said. Groundbreaking on the first part of construction is set to begin December 3. That's when they'll begin leveling the site and they hope to start setting the foundation by the first of the year.

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Finaly the chronicaly homeless will have a place to stay.

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Watching the council meeting online last night turned my stomach. The arrogance of Jason Thompson and Jim Quinn is astounding and Laura Padgett's "heartburn" vote was just to go on record as being against it but voting for it. Hillary Clinton comes to mind. Thomas Wright isn't the only corrupt one around here.



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There's always a fool out there who will buy a pig-in-a-poke.

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And there's always lots of politicians willing to take your tax money and give it to their buddies (and maybe get some extra moulah for themselves). They know when taxes go up, the voting public's short memory and expensive advertising can get them back in office. We get the elected officials we deserve! Remember that before you complain about not being able to pay your tax and utility bills in the coming years.