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Could this be Wilmington’s next Riverfront-esque revival?

Mayor Mike Purzycki announced a federally-backed project to revive yet another Brandywine brownfield.

A bit east of the Washington Street Bridge in Wilmington is a brownfield covered in weeds that was formerly the site of industrial development. They city’s announced plans to revive the space thanks to a $197,500 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to The News Journal.
Comparisons are immediately being drawn to the Riverfront by city and state officials, once a riverside weedy brownfield much like the one that’s the focus of these efforts near 14th and Church downtown. Mayor Mike Purzycki offered that the Riverfront’s “before” back then “didn’t look any better than this one.” He would know: prior to his role as Wilmington’s mayor, Purzycki was the executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation.
Just like the area that came before the Riverfront, this next spot is contaminated and underused, though it has the potential to serve as a catalyst for its surrounding neighborhood. The city and community will decide what to do with the space over the next two years
Governor John Carney was on hand for the event, and he noted that the Riverfront’s seen “thousands of jobs, thousands of residents, revenue to the city coffers and to the state coffers that justifies a return on that investment year in and year out.” Just earlier this month we saw the Emerging Enterprise Center announce it was moving to the Riverfront. The city’s hoping for more of that success at this new site.

Companies: City of Wilmington
People: John Carney
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