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City taking new bids for convention center builder

WILMINGTON -- It's been almost one month since Wilmington City Council members terminated a deal to build a river-front Marriott downtown. Over the last month they've been taking bids for a new builder. Bidding for building a new hotel is coming to a close right about now. A City spokesperson says it's not known when the bids will actually be opened and reviewed. The number of bids submitted will not be known until that formal reviewing process is held. You may remember back in mid-May the City decided to end a deal with Armada-Hoffler when the hotel company said it wouldn't be able to build a full service hotel due to high construction costs. A full-service hotel includes a restaurant. Also in the works for this lot is a convention center that would share the property with the hotel. The City spokesperson says there are no plans yet to break ground. Representatives from several local hotels said they support a new hotel and convention center moving in. One owner said it would be good for the downtown area and bring long-term benefits to the city.

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