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Archive for April, 2014

News & Notes – Grief group; Shriners parade; Cancer Society course for volunteers

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is offering a free grief support group to the community.

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New summer program aimed at keeping kids off the street

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Middle school students on the north side of the city will be occupied by new activities this summer.

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Unexpected early primary election voting in New Hanover County

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Elections officials said that more voters came out to the first day of early voting than were anticipated.

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Film industry supporters plan rally in Wilmington

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Supporters of the film industry are planning a rally to send a message to leaders in Raleigh.

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Preserving historic downtown could become more costly

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) – The old world charm of downtown brings people from across the country to the Port City.

With $1.6 billion dollars in investments on the line the expiration of the historic preservation tax credit could slow that down.

“A great sense of place so we in Wilmington get this wonderful knowledge of watching our city evolve slowly while seeing where we’ve come from with all those historic buildings,” said George Edwards with the Historic Wilmington Foundation. “They help give us a sense of connectedness to our past, which i think is the key to our future”

Could it all be at risk? Some in town think so.

“The tax credits oftentimes make that critical difference,” said Edwards.

As a part of tax reform enacted by the N.C. State Legislature a 20 percent tax credit to home owners, who are restoring these old historic homes, will expire at the end of the year.

“The state of North Carolina has seen $1.6 billion dollars of investment, private investment, in tax credit projects,” he said adding that the after tax value of restored homes could bring that number to more than 33 billion.

“It has preserved a lot of the historic fabric, as well as a lot of the historic buildings in our downtown area,” Mayor Bill Saffo said, adding the state needs to keep the credit, “[It’s] Critically important to the vitality and support of the historic structures of our community.”

Saying the tourists these homes bring are reason enough, but not the only reason. Saying these homes are just a part of the Wilmington the world has come to love.

“Without them there’s a tremendous likelihood that we’ll lose a lot of historic structures going forward,” said Saffo, calling losing the credit a price we just can’t afford to pay.


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