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The Wilmington Convention Center offers a beautiful tribute to the city’s maritime past, both in its sweeping, clean architecture and its emphasis on local riverfront history. The 107,000-square-foot facility stands poised overlooking the Cape Fear River at the north end of historic downtown, the former site of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad’s fuel depot. Since its opening in 2011, the center has spurred a resurgence of growth to this redeveloping part of the city. New Hanover County room occupancy tax collections in the convention center district, from Fourth Street to the Cape Fear River and from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to the Isabel Holmes Bridge, are up by more than 40 percent since the facility opened and began attracting out-of-state visitors. This momentum from the center’s use is prompting the city and developers to use existing infill riverfront property to add amenities, lodging, restaurants and attractions to the downtown area. 65 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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