Alcohol sales at North Waterfront Park on City Council’s agenda Tuesday

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Council members could pass a resolution that would enable North Waterfront Park to sell alcohol at events.
Wilmington City Council file photo.

Wilmington City Council will consider a resolution approving the sale of alcoholic beverages at the city’s North Waterfront Park on Tuesday.

In a written statement issued by City Manager Sterling Cheatham, he stated the city plans to hold “pop up events” at North Waterfront Park in an effort to raise awareness for the new park and to gain extra funding for its completion. These events would include concerts and festivals “where the general expectations of the event organizers is that alcoholic beverage sales and services is allowable.”

In the long-term, the North Waterfront Park is being designed to host large community gatherings and will contain a performance space for events such as concerts with further potential for events to be staged along a 27,000-square-foot concrete pier between the new Port City Marina and two new restaurants.

The park’s first event, the Port City Ribfest, will be held at the park Aug. 14-16. The festival had previously been held across the river in Battleship Park.

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Also on the agenda is an ordinance to rezone almost 13 acres of land at the corner of Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road to allow for a shopping center. The property was annexed by the city in a council meeting in June, and council members will determine if the property is suitable to be rezoned under the classifications of a Community Business District and Commercial Services District.

According to city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert, the project, which will contain a 72,000-square-foot retail shopping center and a 9,500-square-foot auto care center that would make up the future Ogden Market Place, and is being developed by the Halpern Development Co.

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Council members will also vote on a resolution adopting a policy to allow community gardens on city-owned property, which is in response to requests received by outside organizations to place community gardens on city-owned property.

“Wilmington Green, a nonprofit group that helps install community gardens, would like to install a community garden at 914 Dock Street. The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence has requested to install a raised community garden in the city’s Portia Mills Hines Park. The structure, built by at-risk youths from the Kids Making It program this summer, has been installed, and if approved, the garden would be added this fall” said Talbert.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Thalian Hall. Click here to see the full agenda.

James Mieczkowski is a news reporter for Port City Daily. He can be reached at james.m@portcitydaily.com On Twitter: @mieczkowskiPCD