Commissioners approve redevelopment project, reevaluate public transportation

New Hanover County Government Center. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County is moving forward with plans to redevelop the Government Center.

Leaders announced in August 2019 that the aging building had outlived its usefulness.

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At Tuesday’s county commission meeting, the board approved Cape Fear F.D. Stonewater, LLC as the recommended developer for the Government Center Redevelopment project.

They authorized the county to enter into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the developer.

Over the next four months, the team will formulate a development and management structure with financials and preliminary design work.

Commissioners also took a step toward determining the future of Wave Transit.

In October, commissioners voted three to two to withdraw from the Wave Transit Interlocal Agreement starting July of 2021.

Commissioners unanimously adopted a joint resolution with the City of Wilmington to move forward with the evaluation, and potential restructure of public transportation and to establish a new agreement.

Wilmington City Council is expected to vote on the same resolution at their meeting Tuesday night.