West Center City Wilmington green space project to offer community gardens

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Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) and Creative District Wilmington announced the 7th & West community greenspace project.

The latest component of WRC’s Vacant to Vibrant initiative, the 7th & West project will reclaim and clean an empty space in the West Center City neighborhood.

With a projected completion date of 2020, the approximately 17,000-square-foot spaceis located at the corner of 7th and West streets and will be one of the few areas of open space in the area.

WRC and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have jointly invested in the neighborhood. WRC has purchased the nine parcels for the greenspace,and DNREC is helping to fund the project site’s remediation.

“The project at 7th & West represents a commitment WRC has to continue our mission in the neighborhood,” said Glenn Moore, WRC board chair. “The Creative District has already proved a successful project and with this new space, we are continuing our work and supporting Mayor Michael Purzycki’s West Center City initiative which seeks to stabilize and improve this long-neglected neighborhood.”

Once complete, the space will have at the center a multipurpose lawn area that will accommodate a variety of programming. The green space will also feature a raised bed community vegetable garden. Access to the plots will be membership-based and allow families to grow their own produce. Finally, the 7th & West space also have an activity area for more low-intensity activities and programming.

“I am certainly looking forward to what this new space will bring to the West Center City neighborhood,” said Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki. “Projects like these not only help beautify our city, but are important for the revitalization of our great neighborhoods.”

WRC has engaged Duffield Associates to test and evaluate the soil and other environmental conditions of the lot. DNREC will monitor this process. After the evaluation, Duffield will manage the actual remediation process.

Two local firms have been contracted to design and build the new green space. Robinson Anderson Summers, of Wilmington, will be the landscape architects for the project, and Foresite Associates, of New Castle, will serve as the civil engineering firm.

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