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Council to consider $530k for Riverfront Park, $7k for DBA

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council will decide tonight whether to spend more than $500,000 to fix up Riverfront Park.

The money is spread out over two agenda items with some of the money coming from a proposed grant.

The first item calls for more than $350,000 to Andrews Consulting Engineers, who would renovate the bulkhead.

The second item has council putting up more than $90,000. The state would then match it with a grant to make aesthetic improvements to the area.

City councilman Kevin O'Grady said that it is work that needs to be done.

"There's a lot of engineering problems," O'Grady said. "We already have a review of that and an estimate of the work that needs to be done, and the concept was since we're going through over the next eight or 10 years to do this work that we should consider surface improvements at the same time. Basically, it's a rebuild so we keep up the quality of the whole riverfront."

Councilwoman Laura Padgett, who is sponsoring the $90,000 grant proposal, will not be at tonight's meeting, because she is in Washington, DC, at a transportation conference..

Council will also discuss giving the Downtown Business Alliance close to $7,000. DBA president Jim Bitto said the money will help cover the cost of trash collection, police and fire protection and musical entertainment for the St. Patrick's Day Parade and concert, Rims on the River and the Art Walk.

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