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Group looks to strengthen standards for demolishing Wilmington's historic buildings

The future of historic Wilmington was the topic of discussion at a downtown meeting Tuesday night. The Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. asked for the public's ideas and support. They are trying to strengthen standards for demolishing historic buildings and offer incentives to property owners to save the old structures. They hope to take the ideas to City Council. "Over one third of downtown property is either vacant or a surface parking lot,” said Wilmington Downtown, Inc.’s John Hinnant. “Downtown needs to be a dense mix of buildings and we hope to encourage and provide an incentive for the development of those lots." One idea discussed at the meeting is to prohibit property owners from destroying a historic building until the owner has come up with future plans for the property.

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Preserving our historic downtown

Wilmington is one of the oldest settlements in the state (1739) and the historic buildings definitely need to be preserved. I'm still furious with Todd Taconis for demolishing the old wilmington Ice House (1830) in 2006 to build condos... and the lot is still vacant today! We should be preserving what we have left rather than letting the carpetbaggers buy, demolish, and sell our history.

Any limitation like this on

Any limitation like this on your property rights constitutes a "taking" by government, IMHO, and as such, the property owner should be reimbursed for his loss.

Preserving our down town

O.K. I will give you that. The down town area is a historical area. But, what shall we do with the buildings in need of repair? Shall we be like the West coast? Will you require that all owners bring the buildings up to modern standards? That has NOT worked well with other towns. On a lighter note; what has worked is working with a historical society to preserve a city's heritage. As long as the "Society" is willing to help or work with home/business owners.

Enraging Me

Wow...this really ticks me off. Some group of people with nothing better to do than threaten property owners that they can't do what they want with their own real estate. Really sad and pathetic. I think I would prefer to tear it down and pay the fines rather than cave to these people. If they want to save it. Otherwise move out of the way of my wrecking ball. I am all for preserving history and buildings with historic value, however, I also believe in property owners rights. If they have no use for the property then they should either sale to these whiners or be allowed to do what they want with it.


Haven't you traveled to Europe and seen the beautiful old cities? They take great strides to preserve it and have super stringent building laws and codes. I don't think Wilmington is quite in that category but I also think that historic building should be kept. Now who decides what is historic is another thing. Age doesn't make it historic per say it may just make it old.

Das, these people are nuts

They view anything that is old as "historic." Absolutely nothing historic ever happened there, but by God, it's historic! The old police station stands as a premier example - totally useless and not the least bit "historic," but they didn't want it removed. (Too bad for them!) In this country we have always held private property rights sacred, and this "oh it's historic" nonsense is just another tool being used to deprive people of their property. (Only this way, they don't have to PAY for it!) I'm 100% behind WilmMAJ on this. Tell me that I can't tear down a building that I own and watch out. I'll have the bulldozer there in the morning.


I actually have spent quite a bit of time in Europe, and I agree it is beautiful. But at the same time, the resources have been limited and I would say around 75-85% of those older residences are more often than not nearly or close to being un-inhabitable. We have a much higher standard of living and much higher standard of what constitutes a home here in the US. Not saying one is right or wrong, just how it is.


They want to preserve it on YOUR dollar.