In Manteo, the walls come tumbling down

Published 6:45 am Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Demolition began Tuesday on the Hotel Fort Raleigh building in Manteo. The aging structure is the last building on a site between Budleigh and Ananias Dare streets in Manteo to succumb to the “wrecking ball.” The town, at the urging of the Manteo mayor hopes to develop the Dare County owned property into an area of parking, landscaping, open space with architectural features called the Manteo Town Common.

The building was once a center of activity in Manteo. In recent years, the building became an eyesore and was falling apart. Built as a hotel in the first part of the last century and later used as Dare County Administration Center, the building on Budleigh Street has been abandoned and deteriorating. An effort to attract a developer that could repurpose the old building failed.

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Manteo officials have said the redevelopment of the property could take some time. A lease agreement with Dare County will need to be formalized, conceptual plans turned into actual plans, costs determined and project funding secured.



Manteo Common: Vision to reality will take some time

Demolition of downtown Manteo properties to start next week