The city announced plans to revive the space east of the Washington Street Bridge with help from a $197,500 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wilmington’s Riverfront features restaurants, a boardwalk and a nature center, but 20 years ago it looked a lot like the weedy patch of land at 14th and Church streets today near the Brandywine River.

Officials believe the location could become an economic driver just like the Riverfront. The grant from the EPA will be used to study cleanup and development options for the 14th Street site and another location at 12th Street and Governor Printz Boulevard.

“It’s one of those hidden gems we have on this side of the city,” Purzycki said. “This is a great example of what we can do to energize the economy on this side of town.”

Despite years of work, “it still hasn’t been developed,” said Cecil Rodrigues, acting EPA regional administrator. “Hopefully this is the first step towards that.”

“This funding can spark the kind of economic development that leads to a vibrant community,” Rodrigues added.

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