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Historic district shrinking in Wilmington

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Last week, crews tore down the former Wilmington Police Department. Now another historic downtown building will soon be history. "We have as of 1970's, already lost 200 houses or buildings in the old city. Here goes another one,” said Bob Jenkins of Wilmington Adventure Tours. Some say it was built before the Civil War, while others believe it's from the 1880s. Regardless, the building that housed Una Luna World Gallery until recently has been a part of downtown Wilmington for more than a century. "If you polish this house with restoration, it would really pop, and I think it would be an asset,” said George Edwards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Property owner Mark Evans says the building is rotting and infested with termites. He says it would cost more to restore it, then tear it down. He tried to sell it for about $750,000, but couldn't find a buyer. Because the building is part of the local historic district, state standards allowed the city to delay demolition for one year, but that time has expired. Before the building gets torn down in the next couple of months, the property owner says he does plan on preserving some of what's inside like the doors, the floors, and the fireplace that date back to the 1800s. Evans plans to replace the building, which also once housed the restaurant A Taste of Country, with something for commercial and residential use, but some locals and visitors are not happy about it. "If we want to see new, we can go to the suburbs, we can walk through Wal-Mart. You come to downtown of any city to see the old buildings,” said Charlotte Brummett of Geneseo, NY. "Justify it with what you want to, money, design, character, but once it's gone, it's gone,” Jenkins added. The Wilmington Historic District is having a meeting Tuesday to discuss tougher standards for demolishing historic buildings and new incentives to protect the buildings. The meeting is at the Roudabush building at Front and Dock at 6:00pm and is open to the public.

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"historic" homes

I own a house which is almost 100 years old. I wish I had the money to have it torn down and rebuilt. "Historic" homes are overrated unless you have thousands upon thousands of dollars to waste to keep it standing. Let Mark Evans tear it down or have the Wilmington Historic District buy it and maintain it since they are so ready to "preserve" it.

Agreed

I agree with most everyone else, so me buildings should be preserved. However, this one is obviously beyond reasonable repair. It would cost way too much to renovate therefore the owner has done his due diligence and waited the year, and now should be allowed to tear it down. Do people not realize that if he doesn't tear it down, most likely it would just sit and rot. Most people are NOT willing to spend massive amounts of money to renovate something that is not the highest and best use for the property. Do we want to tear down the cotton exchange or the Bellamy...NO. But dilapidated buildings like this or the police station are just not worth saving.

Boo Hoo!

We want, we want. If you want that old dilapidated building to stay so badly, BUY IT! Otherwise stand aside for progress.

don't tear down the Taste of

don't tear down the Taste of Country

Long gone

Taste of Country left that building years ago. You want it to stay, buy it.

Guesty, why don't you care?

Guesty, why don't you care? This building might be old but the point is we are going to lose something that is irreplaceable. Would you feel the same if it were a classic car or boat that was going to be crushed to make new cars and boats? We need to keep some examples of our past for future generations and if you can't feel that way too then, I am so sorry for you.

Bigger fish to fry

I don't care about this old building for many reasons. Here are the top two. One, it isn't mine so what right do I have to tell the owner what to do with his property? Second, it is termite infested and rotting. If you want it standing, buy it. How would you like it if complete strangers came to your house and told you that you can't remodel, paint, repair without their permission?

And?

What is your point? Just because something is old and irreplaceable doesn't make it worth saving. Did something important happen there? Was a president born there? There are plenty of old buildings with no historic value and no reason to save just for the purpose of being old. Plus, who draws the line on what is "historic?" My house wasn't built yesterday...is it now historic? Is it 50 years...100 years....1000 years? Tell me

agreed

I'm all for the preservation of old buildings, but this one's got to go. It's ugly as sin anyhow.

Can someone tell me....

...exactly where the Historic District starts, and the swine-pit 'hood ends? What are the boundaries, and does something being "historic" mean that rats the size of Pomeranians and homeless winos peeing on your porch don't matter? Are they historic winos? I mean, is it really worth it to live in an old house downtown when you dare not go out after dark without a .45 and a Kevlar vest?

Love the old....

But really people, Wilmington has already torn down some of its most beautiful buildings and now you are trying to save these nondescript buildings and calling them historic? We need to build new beautiful buildings (& I'm not saying Modern trash). There is an entire process of design for the historic district so let's give developers and architects some opportunities that they can create something new and dynamic for the historic area. I hear all the time about how Charleston has maintained the historic structures.... well Charleston had a couple of city wide fires and earthquakes (not to mention that war) and they re-built the city. It's time for Wilmington to be re-built.