All interested parties are invited to review the draft plan and provide comments to Matthew Harris, Senior Planner II, with the City of Wilmington, Department of Planning. Matt can be reached at mharris@WilmingtonDE.gov or via phone at (302) 576-3110.
The City of Wilmington was awarded a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for $197,500. The project location – Brandywine River Northeast – is located in Northeast Wilmington with a specific project boundary of the Brandywine River, North Market Street, Vandever Avenue, and Northeast Boulevard. Within this project boundary, there are approximately 10 certified brownfield sites which are preventing economic development and recreational access to the Brandywine Creek. The project area provides enough acreage for green infrastructure solutions, a walking and biking path, and river access. As part of the planning process, a steering committee of community stakeholders was developed and in working with residents through several public outreach events a new vision for the project area, consistent with the larger redevelopment plans for the Northeast and the City of Wilmington has been developed. Plans are designed specifically to address the redevelopment of identified brownfields, provide economic development to this unique waterfront urban area and continue to build community capacity.
The planning process has included a series of public meetings to engage the community to shape the vision for the project area. The result of this grant includes the development of the DRAFT Brownfield Area-Wide Plan which includes the following elements.
- A summary of the various community activities performed throughout the project
- An explanation of the Communities’ priorities and a list of strategies that help meet those strategies.
- The results from the brownfield research and project area conditions.
- Specific re-use scenarios for the catalyst, high priority
- Detailed plan implementation strategies which identify specific actions, resources available and resources needed to implement the plan and will include:
- Assessment and cleanup activities needed;
- Catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) improvements and other project area improvements, infrastructure investments that are needed to support brownfield reuse and advance sustainable revitalization, and improve public health, within the project area.
- Near term versus long term actions and priority projects;
- Specific partners already involved or need to be involved to lead the specific action; and
- Specific resources of funding, prioritized investment projects, and resources needed within the project area.
The project partners include the City of Wilmington, Old Brandywine Village, Inc., UD Water Resources Agency, UD Small Business Development Center, UD CCRS Center for Community Research & Service, UD CCRS, UD Community Engagement Initiative, Delaware Sea Grant, DNREC, Christiana Care, and NOAA.