Council Recap: Pushing Forward On Multi-Use Paths, Road Improvements, and Affordable Housing

Wilmington City Council holding its first regular meeting for the month of October and first up: Council agreed to accept funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the upcoming construction of multi-use paths along Hooker Road and Hinton Avenue, as well as bike lanes and sidewalks along Greenville Avenue.

This project will also include improvements to the intersection of Wrightsville and Greenville avenues.

Next, council voted on a one-year extension of the annual paving contract, which would be the third and final year of this contract.

This contract provides the means to improve city-maintained streets through repaving, resurfacing, and preservation techniques.

“The most important resource that we have to get this work done is this contract,” said Dave Mayes, the public services director for the City of Wilmington. “We’ve been able to maximize our efficiency, getting asphalt out onto the ground through this annual-needs style of contract.”

And finally, council approved a resolution to provide $750,000 in gap financing to Starway Village. Located along Carolina Beach Road, the Starway Village project will include 278 units of affordable housing for households with incomes ranging from 30 to 60 percent of the area median income.

“Affordable housing is a critical issue in our community. Fifty-two percent of renters in our community are housing costs burdened,” said Suzanne Rogers, community development and housing planner for the city.

City Council will meet again on October 17th at 6:30 p.m. For more on this meeting, visit

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