Wilmington to study brownfield sites

May 28, 2018 by  

Wilmington mayor Michael Purzycki recently announced the city is considering redeveloping two contaminated areas along the Brandywine River, which will help improve Wilmington’s Northeast neighborhood.

Mayor Purzycki said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the city almost $200,000 to begin a year-long effort to create a plan for reusing vacant, underutilized, and/or contaminated sites in the Northeast section of Wilmington. The study is seen as a vehicle for bringing reinvestment and positive change to the area, as well as discovering specific places where revitalization and growth along the river could take place.

The city owns two sites on the waterfront that are vital to this process. One is the Wilmington Maintenance Yard and the other is the Diamond State Salvage property. Both are on the river, between Northeast Boulevard and the 16th Street Bridge.

The mayor said that everything that happens going forward is an effort to effect positive change to Northeast Wilmington. He believes the government and the community can work toward the good things he believes can happen at a neglected area of the waterfront.

Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates (SGA) is preparing the plan, entitled the ‘U.S. EPA Area-Wide Brownfields Plan’, and considering earlier studies of the area as it develops its version, which should be finished by Spring 2019.

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