I'm in support of this project. Those of us who know how projects like this go understand that due to the size of it, the city/taxpayer will handle at least some of the costs.
The bigger picture is the impact that stadiums have. Durham saw close to $900 million dollars of private investment in the area around its ballpark.
If Wilmington is to succeed as a city and move forward it needs to invest in itself.
Convention centers, stadiums, and the like come at a cost BUT are major catalysts for further growth...
There is a new Marriot under construction in downtown Wilmington on the corner of Grace and Second Street. (Jobs!) That is a direct result of the convention center. There is also the Indigo planned and the planned Embassy Suites adjacent to the convention center. (More Jobs) So those opposed to things before weighing all of the facts shouldn't complain when they can't find a job or the unemployment rates rise.
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