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The “uptown” area of the Riverwalk next to the marina will include Wilmington Hotel Indigo, a parking deck, condominiums and office space. CJMW ARCHITECTURE condominiums, another hotel, and several office spaces. Two new apartment complexes will further fill the area’s residen-tial needs. Developer DeWitt Carolinas in Raleigh has planned a seven-story, mixed-use $50-million luxury complex called Pier 33 Apartments next to the marina. The complex will include 300 apart-ment homes ranging from studios to two- and three-bedroom homes. It will also feature 32,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, a 700-space parking garage, and a host of amenities for residents. Construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2016, and Todd Saieed, President and CEO of DeWitt Carolinas, estimates the first phase of units will begin leasing in late 2017. The apartment complex sits on five acres of a seven-acre parcel, and Saieed says DeWitt Carolinas is working on con-cepts to build out the additional two acres. McKinley Building Corp. is developing the 280-unit Sawmill Point apartment complex north of the marina. The complex includes a gated parking deck, standard granite kitchen coun-ters, and rooftop patios on some units. Residents will have the option to rent a boat slip. The first apartments will be available for lease in late 2016 or early 2017, says company president Ken Dull. The goal for all this development is to draw even more people to the riverfront, whether tourists or nearby residents. “There are 200,000 people on the other side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, and they go to Myrtle Beach for enter-tainment,” Schoninger says. “We want to start attracting them to some nice stuff here in Wilmington. We need the assets to attract them, so that’s what we’re trying to build.” The Sawmill Point apartment complex, currently under construction, is at the northern end of downtown, adjacent to the Isabel Holmes Bridge. AERO PHOTO HOUSING STUDIO Pictured above is the northernmost section of the Wilmington riverfront, south of the Isabel Holmes Bridge. Farthest left (north) is Sawmill Point apartments, and farthest south (right) is the northwest corner of the Wilmington Convention Center. Hotel Indigo is slated for the open space at the top of the Port City Marina floating docks closest to the convention center. The Pier 33 band shell is at the end of the long concrete pier. The Pier 33 apartments are slated for the open space at the top of the northernmost (left) floating docks. At the concrete pier is the 145-foot luxury motor yacht, the Island Heiress, which has been undergoing repairs in Wilmington since November 2015. The tall building in the background is PPD. The open green space (above left) will be the new 6-acre city river front park. 85 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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