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Posted on: August 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Commissioner Meeting Recap for August 7, 2023

The first meeting in August featured a significant milestone for Project Grace, as the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved an amended development agreement that will move this project forward. More information on that and other items, is available in the meeting recap below.

Immunization Awareness Month recognized 

Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This month highlights the importance of vaccines approved by the Centers for Disease Control as a proven method to stop the spread of preventable diseases to help keep individuals and communities safe and healthy. The proclamation is available here.

To learn more about the immunizations offered by New Hanover County Health and Human Services, click here.

Project Grace amended development agreement approved

Staff from several New Hanover County departments and Cape Fear Development made a presentation to Commissioners updating them on an amended development agreement that would move forward the redevelopment of a block in Downtown Wilmington owned by the county. The endeavor, known as Project Grace, would create a joint facility to house a state-of-the-art public library and new Cape Fear Museum in downtown, while also guaranteeing at least $30 million of private development on the block once the county facility is complete. Under the new agreement, the project would be capped at a cost of $55,942,679.

Commissioners unanimously approved the new development agreement. Later this year, the Local Government Commission will review the county's request to issue debt for the project.

Learn more about the new development agreement for Project Grace and what the project will bring to downtown by clicking here.

That’s not all … 

Commissioners held two public hearings for rezoning requests. The first rezoned more than 70 combined acres off Holly Shelter and Blue Clay roads previously zoned as light industrial and residential to residential multi-family, low density housing. The second was rezoning 0.92 acres of land off Shelley Drive to allow for higher density residential development. Both proposals were unanimously passed.

Additionally, a quasi-judicial hearing for a special use permit was unanimously approved, allowing for Sanctuary Church of Wilmington to use its facility as a childcare center.

You can view the August 7 meeting here and below. The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners is set for 4 p.m. on August 7.


The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners holds its regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse (24 North 3rd Street, Room 301), unless otherwise noted. A schedule of the 2023 meetings can be found here.

All meetings are broadcast live on, New Hanover County's YouTube channel and Spectrum channel 13. For meeting agendas, minutes and exhibits, visit

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