Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Wilmington Housing Partnership Kicks Off the East Side Rising
Housing Initiative with a Bennett Street Groundbreaking
Governor Markell, Mayor Williams, Council President Gregory, Council
Member Shabazz Congratulate WHP on Another Neighborhood
The Wilmington Housing Partnership (WHP) today opened the East Side Rising home
ownership initiative with a groundbreaking ceremony for seven new homes to be built
in the 800 block of Bennett Street. Each home features three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths,
and rear garages. The project follows the WHP strategy of acquiring and demolishing
undersized homes and combining adjacent parcels so larger, more functional, modern
homes can be constructed, thus reducing neighborhood density.
Governor Jack Markell, Mayor Dennis Williams, Council President Theo Gregory and
District Council Member Hanifa Shabazz joined WHP Board and staff members for
today’s ceremony. The officials congratulated WHP and community representatives on
another neighborhood achievement which also celebrates 25 years of WHP efforts to
set new standards for housing while stabilizing City neighborhoods.
To confront numerous housing, economic development and crime challenges affecting
Wilmington’s East Side, the WHP, City of Wilmington, Central Baptist Community
Development Corporation (CBCDC) and JP Morgan Chase compiled a five to ten year
comprehensive East Side Neighborhood Investment Plan in 2013. The plan was
bolstered that same year when the community entities listed below joined the East
Side Rising initiative lead by the CBCDC:
EAST SIDE BLUEPRINT COMMUNITY DELAWARE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACTION
INTER-NEIGHBORHOOD FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEW CASTLE COUNTY STEPPING STONES COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT
WHP Executive Director Steve Martin and Board Chair Rob Buccini said the WHP has
over 150 housing unit in its East Side inventory and is committed to acquiring other
vacant and abandoned properties that are damaging neighborhoods. They pointed to
the WHP funders as the chief reason why the agency is able to follow its mission to
increase the City’s affordable housing stock by promoting renovation and
rehabilitation of properties in select areas.
Financial Assistance for WHP projects has been provided by JP Morgan Chase, Bank of
America, Capital One, the City of Wilmington, Comenity Bank Delaware State Housing
Authority M&T Bank PNC Foundation and the Rockford Woodlawn Fund.
Construction of the new Bennett Street homes will begin immediately and should be
completed by July of 2016. The sale price of the homes is $139,900. For information
about purchasing a property, please call WHP Executive Director Steve Martin at
Christmas Jazz liturgy 2014 with Gerald Veasley LIVE @ Central Baptist Church: Saturday, December 20th 2014
Central Baptist Community Development Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Delaware Skills Center which allows the centers students to work on refurbishing computers which will be used as part of the CDC’s Workforce Development Center. As part of the agreement community residents will be able to enter the job readiness process and have access to free job skills training provided by the Skills Center.
From The City of Wilmington, Delaware:
Today, the City of Wilmington announces its partnership with the Eastside Rising Initiative. The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation has committed to providing scholarship opportunities for residents in the City of Wilmington to receive training and skill development with Local Union 55. The scholarship will provide 50% of the membership fee required to become a member of the Local and take advantage of training and placement opportunities made possible through the Initiative’s Construction Skilled Labor Workforce Development Plan. Local Union 55 is the sole provider of training services for Eastside Rising Initiative.
Eastside Rising’s stated mission is to revitalize the Eastside of Wilmington. The Eastside Blueprint Community partnered with the Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (CDC) to form the Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition such that various local organizations can plan together and work together to construct, remodel and refurbish 125 homes in the Eastside of Wilmington. The Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition includes: the Wilmington Housing Partnership, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Inter-Neighborhood Foundation, Woodlawn Trustees, Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC), Center for Community Research and Service, University of Delaware and American Baptist Churches.
See the full article here: http://www.wilmingtonde.gov/news/news.php?newsID=1308
From The City of Wilmington, Delaware:
Ten organizations came together on Pine Street in Eastside Wilmington today to sign an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating an Eastside Collaborative to restore prosperity to an area of the community bounded by 4th Street to 11th Street and Church Street to Walnut Street.
Wilmington City Council Member Hanifa Shabazz called the occasion “historic” saying she was extremely pleased to witness such an abundance of cooperation, creativity and excitement among citizens about what is ahead for this area.
Today’s event, held at Central Baptist Church on Pine Street, marks the beginning of the implementation of the Eastside Blueprint Strategic Plan for community revitalization and housing stabilization. The plan was developed over the past four years with the help of the University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research and Service and included input from scores of citizens and community agencies.
See the full article here: http://www.ci.wilmington.de.us/news/news.php?newsID=1170
From WDDE 91.1 FM – Delaware’s NPR News station:
Wilmington and the Eastside Rising Initiative are teaming up to give community residents an opportunity to work on upcoming development projects on the city’s east side.
Residential and light construction union Local 55 will provide training services for the Initiative’s Construction Skilled Labor Workforce Development Plan
See the full article here: http://www.wdde.org/57005-wilmington-commits-eastside-revitalization-effort
Joanne Gaitwood’s roots are on the 500 block of East 9th Street, where her family has lived in a historic home for nearly 60 years. “We live block by block. I live on 9th Street, that’s a fine block, but Pine Street, we have a whole different element, Kirkwood Street, so we’re not a community even though we all live on the Eastside,” says Gaitwood.
But 10 organizations have gotten together in an effort to change that. They’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), creating an Eastside Collaborative that will bring new housing and new jobs to the neighborhood.
See the full article here: http://www.wdel.com/story/bit.ly/story.php?id=54925
From Delaware Today:
Can’t get to the farmers market or produce stand? Let it come to you—or somewhere close. Among other operators in Wilmington, Urban Acres and Bright Spot Farms open in various locations each day of the week—and sometimes several spots in a day. Urban Acres was set up by Central Baptist Church about four years ago to get fresh produce to people in underserved parts of town.
See the full article here: http://www.delawaretoday.com/Blogs/Dining-Insider/August-2014/Urban-Acres-and-Bright-Spot-Farms-Expand/