Groundbreaking held for Wilson's big redevelopment project

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WILSON, N.C. (WITN) - A ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon to kick off the largest redevelopment project in the history of one city in the east.

Wilson city leaders and developers gathered outside the former Hi Dollar Tobacco Warehouse on Goldbsoro Street for a ground-breaking ceremony.

In 12 to 15 months, the warehouse will reopen as The Whirligig Station, which will include 90 apartments and space for restaurants and retail.

The $12 million project will also include a welcome center for the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, which is just across the street.

Kimberly Van Dyk, the downtown development division manager, says they are hoping this major revitalization will help turn around their entire downtown area.

"It feels wonderful because it has been actually years of planning," she says. "Wilson Downtown Properties bought this property almost ten years ago, so they've been working to try to re-develop this property for a long time."

The Whirligig Station will be more than 90,000 square feet and is scheduled to open at the end of 2017.