IS IT TIME FOR A SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON?

 

We are all hearing a word used more and more to characterize what’s happening in Downtown Wilmington. That word is ‘transformation’!

This transformation is the product of our combined efforts to grow Downtown into an economically vibrant hub for the city—your investment, your “sweat equity,” your vision and your commitment are improving Downtown’s future. You have helped make the revitalization of Wilmington’s Center City an ongoing success story at a time when Southeastern North Carolina needs all the success stories it can get.

There is an additional step we can take to help continue our transformation. That step is the creation of a Municipal Service District (MSD), also known as Special Services District, for Downtown Wilmington. An MSD is a tool that provides a way for us to fund extra services or projects within the area, using revenues generated by an assessment on real and personal property in the district.

If enacted, the MSD assessment would apply to:

  • Owners of business property in the district.
  • Owners of residential property in the district.
  • Individual personal property of district occupants, such as vehicles.
  • Renters whose lease agreement contains a “pass-through” provision that would enable the property owner to pass on the MSD assessment to the property occupant.

Based on over a two years of work, analysis and much public input, WDI has recommended that the City create an MSD.  To move forward, the City must adopt a detailed business plan specifying a proposed assessment rate, services, improvements to be provided and a management structure. A plan was published on September 9, 2016, that followed the central business district boundaries.

After mailing property owners within the proposed district and publishing a legal notice, City Council held a public hearing on October 18, 2016.  The hearing was continued and Council accepted additional public comments at their meeting on November 15, 2016.  Based on input from over two dozen people, City Council voted 6 to 1 to move forward.  A second vote took place on December 6, 2016.  The City Council voted to approve the establishment of a MSD by a vote of 6 to 1.  The District is set to begin on July 1, 2017.

We look forward to talking with you more about this opportunity for us to continue to work together for the future of Downtown Wilmington.  To request a personal review about the recommendation, please contact the WDI office.  

See WDI's request for a security and cleaning subcontractor by using this link.

Review the City’s Request for Proposals with this link.

To see the City's official report follow this link.  

To view WDI's full report follow this link.

To find out if your property is in the CBD, use this link.  Click on the tile at the bottom of the page for the Municipal Service District.

To learn how ambassadors can change downtown follow this link.

Click here to read the November 2014 Brochure

Click here to read the May 2015 Brochure

Click here to view survey results.