Water Street Parking Deck officially closes Friday


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday will be the last day ever you can park in the Water Street Parking Deck in downtown Wilmington, the city says.

According to a news release, Park Wilmington has been working with monthly clients for several months to help them find other parking spots in the area as the site gets ready for redevelopment.

The city says it and the developer for the Riverplace project are working with utility companies to remove lines attached to the deck and place them in a newly constructed underground duct bank. Some power transformers on the site also must be relocated the park deck can be demolished. The city says the utility work should be done by the end of January.

In the meantime the city says it and the developer are also working with neighboring properties to make sure they have adequate access to their own parking. That includes the Cotton Exchange, the Water Street Center and the privately-run parking lot at the corner of Princess and Water streets. The city says those properties will see reconfigurations of parking in January and February.

According to the release, other activities in the next 60 days include ensuring ADA access to the Murchison building, securing the perimeter of the construction site, erecting wayfinding signage so that visitors can find local businesses, removal of parking equipment, and full documentation of existing conditions prior to demolition.

The city says actual demolition of the site will begin in March with removal of the Chestnut Street ramp, followed by demolition of the deck itself, and then removal of the Grace Street ramp (to include the closure of Grace Street between Front and Water Streets). Sometime in April or May we will be closing Water Street in front of the deck so that deep underground utilities (water and sewer) can be placed. This is part of the overall Water Street improvement project- and will coincide with the developers need to complete underground foundation and utility relocation work in the right-of-way. This closure of Water Street will last approximately six months.

The Riverplace project, slated for completion in mid-2019, involves construction of a multi-story mixed use development including parking, residential and retail space. In addition, it will maintain access to Bijou Park and re-connect Chestnut Street to Water Street, while providing public space at the foot of Chestnut Street. Some highlights include:

  • 32,000 square feet of commercial space including retail shops and restaurant and bar space, primarily on the ground floor;
  • 171 residential units (for sale and/or lease);
  • 409 parking spaces, a minimum of 174 of which will be reserved for public use. The city’s cost to construct the new parking facility is estimated at $19.7 million, not to exceed $20.7 million:
  • Residential units will wrap the parking deck on the Water Street side, masking view of the parking from Water Street.

More information is available here.

Visitors looking for parking are encouraged to use nearby decks (County Library Deck, Market Street Deck, 2nd Street Deck).

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