Wilmington’s Neighborhood Redevelopment Program Pairs with Woodlawn Trustees to Bring First Eastside Rehabilitation Rental Property to Market 

Mayor Mike Purzycki’s residential redevelopment and rehabilitation plan has committed $50 million to increasing the availability of quality affordable housing in Wilmington. This exhaustive plan, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), includes complete rehabilitation of current homes, structural improvements for homeowners, construction projects, and the tearing down of broken-down vacant properties. 

Woodlawn Trustees, one of Wilmington’s neighborhood rehabilitation partners, has completed the first of twenty planned rehabilitation properties on Wilmington’s East Side. The first property of the series to hit the market is located at 1323 North Walnut Street.

19 more projects similar to this first one will be executed and offered at 80% of the median income for the surrounding area. This is a key principle of the overhaul. Now that the renovation is complete it features a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, one bath and a backyard deck. 

A remodeled kitchen is part of the rehabilitation of 1323 North Walnut Street.

The Walnut Street property underwent installations of:

  • Windows
  • Floors
  • Roofing
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Updated kitchen 
  • Updated bathroom

The redevelopment program has committed to utilizing minority-owned contractors like James Furlough Construction, who executed the Walnut Street rehabilitation along with the staff of Woodlawn Trustees. Woodlawn intends on selecting an occupant for the property at the beginning of April and they have already received over 100 applications for the residence. 

The President and CEO of Woodlawn Trustees, Rich Przywara, said he feels that the Walnut Street Property will serve as the beginning of a program which will make quality housing available in Wilmington for years to come. 

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