NHC Board of Commissioners Plans to Continue to Use Cape Fear Museum Building

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County explained its plans for the future of the Cape Fear Museum and the Downtown Public Library in a Wednesday, Nov. 9 announcement.

Known as Project Grace, it was turned down by the local government commission due to concerns about the public-private partnership with Zimmer Development. In this original plan, New Hanover County would have sold the land to Zimmer and then leased it.

Now on the agenda for the NHC Board of Commissioners for Nov. 14, the county is set to purchase the design plans and construction documents from the developer for $2.5 million, as noted in the memorandum of understanding.

Next, the commissioners will consider a resolution that would allow the Cape Fear Museum to continue its operations either as is or as an extension of the new museum. The county writes that it “helps solidify the county’s vision to use the current building as a component of the museum.” The municipality also wishes to pursue a master plan study for the CFM building.

“By actively monitoring market conditions, reviewing the design for potential cost reductions and value engineering, and determining how best to partner with a developer to ensure compatible development and tax revenue on the other half of the block – the county hopes to move forward with the project in 2023,” the county said.

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