Wilmington receives federal grant for redevelopment

Wilmington received a $25,000 state grant that will be used to add 19 new recycling receptacles to pedestrian areas on North Front and North Third Streets. This grant will help the city further expand their efforts to reduce landfill waste and to save the city money. According to a press release, the city has saved more […]

FOCUS launches ‘The Quest’

Building on the momentum generated by the introduction of regional scenario planning at their recent May 22nd breakfast, FOCUS continues to target public engagement with today’s launch of their new website and an exciting interactive regional modeling tool, The Quest. “Our region’s planning efforts are still centered on data gathering and assessment,” said Adrienne Cox, […]

Castle Hayne plan back on track

In 2008, New Hanover County and Castle Hayne residents came together to create a Small Area Plan, outlining a vision for a village-style business district along Highway 117. The recession put these plans on hold, but, with the economy starting to improve, now is the time to bring them back on track with current conditions […]

FOCUS 2 U: Meeting in a box

FOCUS is taking the public forum process on a ‘road trip’ that will help all of us better understand our communities and what makes this region special to so many of us. We’re asking for your help to shape our future, by conducting a FOCUS 2 U: Meeting in a Box. You can conduct the meeting with […]

WDI pushing for a better downtown Wilmington

“Wilmington is the center of our region,” David Downey said at the Wilmington Downtown Economic Series. The series, hosted by the Wilmington Downtown Inc. took place at the Hilton Riverside Wilmington Hotel March 13. Downey spoke to the audience about planner taking the reins when it comes to downtown planning to accommodate the mix of businesses and […]

FOCUS attends leadership academy

Project Manager, Adrienne Cox along with Roger Johnson (City of Wilmington), Jenni Harris (UNCW), Chris O’Keefe (New Hanover County) and Ken Weeden (Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce) represented FOCUS at the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Building a Sustainable Economic Future through Equity and Inclusion. The leadership academy was led by Policy Link and the Institute […]

Park slated for spring opening

Westgate Nature Park Leland Parks and Recreation completed Westgate Nature Park in late 2013. The park is located at 1260 West Gate Drive, on the south side of Highway 17 behind the Westgate commercial and residential area. The park sits on almost 150 acres of wetlands and uplands, which is a first in the town. […]

NHC kick off Comprehensive Plan

New Hanover County is ‘charting the course’ with their comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is a document used as a guide to address the community’s current developmental trends and determine a vision for how the county should develop over the next twenty-five years. The county is engaging with the public so that a collective vision […]

Revival for SouthSide Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington is the essence of the city. But, when someone crosses the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge from Leland and Brunswick County, the first thing, they see is the SouthSide part of the city.  Over the course of time, while other area of town seemed to be revitalizing, the perceptions of the SouthSide area were […]

Pender County continues to build local commerce park

Old Topsail High School is getting closer to becoming the home to several businesses in the Hampstead area. Last year, the future of the old high school was tossed around by Pender County commissioners. The 9.56 acre lot could also serve as a county annex after the renovations. The cost of the renovation is estimated […]