Non-profit working to save land along the Cape Fear River from development
Wilmington, NC (WWAY)– A local non-profit organization, Unique Places to Save, has taken on a project to try and rescue and conserve 85 acres of land on the west bank of the Cape Fear River.
This land was initially set for commercial development of the ‘Wilmington Hotel and Spa’ by Diamondback Developers.
Unique Places to Save worked with the developers to give conservation of the land one last chance. They voluntarily entered into a purchase contract for the land. Unique Places to Save must raise 16 million dollars by the end of 2022, but so far they have only raised $100,000.
“Recognizing the State of North Carolina’s commitment to funding for land conservation, we have applied for grants to fund the purchase of the land. This is our last chance to conserve and transform this land into a valued community conservation asset, ” said Mason Williams, Board Member of Unique Places to Save. “If we don’t act now, this important environment, which is poised for development, will be lost forever.”
If this effort is unsuccessful, the developer, Diamondback Development, will continue with their original plans to develop the land.
Unique Places to Save says it is in need of public and political support to help acquire and protect this valuable community asset in which they call ‘Eagles Island’ , and says that this is their last chance to conserve and transform this land into a valued community conservation asset.
WWAY has reached out to Diamondback Developers to confirm more details. We will bring updates as the story develops.