Wilmington Housing Partnership tackles another abandoned city property

A two bedroom, two and half bath townhouse in the Midtown Brandywine section of Wilmington is the city’s latest effort to revitalize its historic neighborhoods.

On Thursday, Wilmington Mayor James Baker, representatives from the Wilmington Housing Partnership and city officials came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony, to celebrate the completion of renovation work at 1226 West Street. “It’s great to see, it’s a beautiful designed house,” said Baker.

The former vacant property was purchased by the city for $120,000 in August of 2009 and later turned over to the Wilmington Housing Partnership to repair.  Renovation work totaling $166,744 took about ten months to complete. Now, the energy efficient townhouse features everything new such as granite counter tops, recessed lighting, hardwood floors and more.

“This makes me feel wonderful, I feel proud. I’m proud to have built a house such as this, it took a lot of people in helping to build this home. I want to mention the staff at Wilmington Housing Partnership, CLA Construction, the neighbors, city council, the various city departments and Tim Crawl-Bey from the city’s real estate and housing department,” added Steve Martin of the Wilmington Housing Partnership.

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The 1,500 square-foot townhouse is currently listed for sale at $250,000 and is being shown by Remax of Wilmington. All proceeds from the sale will go to the city, to tackle more area dilapidated housing.

“We have another major project coming up in Browntown on the VFW site, that’s going to be a fifteen unit affordable housing project,” said Martin.

Established in 1989, the Wilmington Housing Partnership, helps the city encourage home ownership by fixing up abandoned properties.

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