The end has arrived for the Water Street parking deck

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The Riverplace project is slated to be completed in 2019. It's a multi-story mixed-use development that including parking, residential and retail space. (Photo courtesy of the City of Wilmington.)
The Riverplace project is slated to be completed in 2019. It’s a multi-story mixed-use development that including parking, residential and retail space. (Photo courtesy of the City of Wilmington.)

WILMINGTON — The end of 2016 also marks the end of the Water Street parking deck in downtown Wilmington.

Visitors to the downtown area will no longer be able to park on the Water Street parking deck in 2017. The last day the deck will be open is Dec. 31, according to a notice from the City of Wilmington.

The New Year will mark the beginning of development on the Riverplace project.

 

The city and the developer are continuing to work with utility companies to remove utility lines that are attached to the deck and place them in a newly constructed underground duct bank. Power transformers on the site must be relocated prior to demolition of the existing deck. The city anticipates that the transition of utilities will be complete by the end of January.

The city and developer are also working with adjacent properties to ensure that they have adequate access to their own parking. In January and February, there will be some re-configurations of parking at the Cotton Exchange, the Water Street Center, and the privately run parking lot at the corner of Princess and Water streets.

Other activities over next 60 days include ensuring ADA access to the Murchison building; securing the perimeter of the construction site; posting way-finding signage to help visitors find local businesses; removal of parking equipment; and full documentation of existing conditions prior to demolition.

Demolition at site will begin in March with removal of the Chestnut Street ramp. That will be followed by demolition of the deck itself, and then removal of the Grace Street ramp. The demolition will require the closure of Grace Street between Front and Water streets.

The city will be closing Water Street in front of the deck, sometime in April or May, for the placement of deep underground utilities. This is part of the city’s overall Water Street improvement project and will coincide with what 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 is slated to be completed in mid-2019. The project is a multi-story mixed-use development that includes parking, residential and retail space. In addition, the development 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 sq ft. of commercial space including retail shops, 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
  • Residential units will wrap the parking deck on the Water Street side, masking view of the parking from Water Street.

For more information about the development and for additional highlights visit the City of Wilmington’s website.

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