WHP is dedicated to transforming the face of Wilmington’s “at-risk” neighborhoods by building healthy communities through housing. Below are some of WHP’s projects that are currently underway.
Defiance Club – 1007 Coleman Street
WHP purchased the Defiance Club which sat vacant and deteriorating for over 8 years. WHP demolished the building and, with a 1 million dollar DNREC grant, remediated the site which contained old oil tanks. Construction is in progress to build 2 affordable homes for homeownership. The development supports WHP’s adjacent revitalization activities in the Browntown section of Wilmington: 7 units on the 1100 block of Coleman Street (Brownstones), and a 33 market-rate project located at 301 5th Avenue (Christina Overlook). In addition, a few blocks away, WHP acquired the VFW Club, a large parcel located on 1400 Anchorage Street. Plans are currently underway to create a 23 unit mixed-income townhome community.
Christina Overlook – 301 5th Avenue
This project was the former site of the Delaware Insulation Company situated on several tracts of land in Browntown. WHP purchased the abandoned building, surrounding blighted properties, and in addition, several small neighboring lots were transferred to WHP by the City of Wilmington. WHP received a $1,000,000 grant from DNREC to remediate the site, and at present, the 33-unit townhome project is being sold in phases to a for-profit builder while WHP maintains a contractual level of input recouping the original investment as homes are sold. Located near Wilmington’s Riverfront, homeowners will enjoy the distinct amenities the Riverfront has to offer. The development supports WHP’s adjacent revitalization activities in the Browntown section of Wilmington: 7 units on the 1100 block of Coleman Street (Brownstones), and 2 blocks away, the VFW Club, a large parcel located on 1400 Anchorage Street, with pre-development underway for a 15 unit mixed-income project. To-date, 21 Christina Overlook units have been sold for homeownership with 7 homes under contract.
513 Vandever Avenue
This two-story home, conveyed to WHP by the City of Wilmington, vacant and in disrepair, needs immediate attention to stabilize the block. The property is part of WHP’s plan to revitalize the City of Wilmington’s Northeast area. The rehab of this property supports the surrounding revitalization activities taking place in this neighborhood: 5 units on the 400 block of Vandever Avenue, and 7 units on the 2100 block of Carter Street were developed by Habitat for Humanity, WHP’s Zanthia’s Way Project, located at the 600 block of Vandever Avenue, yielded 13 newly constructed townhomes. In addition, WHP purchased 515 Vandever Avenue, 523 and 525 Vandever Avenue, and will settle on the corner parcels located at 527 and 529 Vandever Avenue in December 2014. WHP strives for the rehabilitation of contiguous properties which makes a significant impact on the stabilization of neighborhoods.
718 & 800 Spruce Street
The Wilmington Housing Partnership acquired 718 and 800 Spruce Street from the City of Wilmington in 2012. Once commercial properties, these two highly visible, problematic, corner lots sat vacant for over 5 years contributing to the deterioration of the East Side community. Debris, trash, and crime marred this gateway into the City of Wilmington’s East Side and sit as a reminder of a neighborhood in need of transformation. The rehab of the 2 Spruce Street properties is the first project in the East Side revitalization plan (see East Side Revitalization Initiative).