WHYY Newsworks coverage of announcement of Wilmington’s Creative District: Willing Street Artist Village

From WHYY Newsworks:

Wilmington’s vacant properties to be converted into affordable homes for artists

Wilmington plans to revitalize vacant, decrepit properties, into vibrant affordable homes where local artists can live and work.

New affordable homes, located in the Quaker Hill neighborhood of Wilmington, will be the city’s first housing development for artists, designed to eliminate vacant housing and provide affordable properties to the creative community.

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You’re invited! First Artist Housing for Homeownership in Wilmington’s Creative District Kick-off Event

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST: This event will now be held indoors at the Friends Meetinghouse, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington.

(WRC) and Creative District housing partner, Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware (ICHDE) will host a kick-off event to announce the renovations of the first artist’s housing development for homeownership entitled, Willing Street Artist Village to be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 3pm on Friends Meetinghouse, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington. Governor Jack Markell, Mayor Dennis P. Williams, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi, Rick Gessner ICHDE Chair and Capital One 360 Vice President as well as Glenn Moore WRC Chair and Delmarva Power Vice President will be among the guests speaking at the event.

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WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting: Placemaking: Why it Matters

WRC’s 9th Annual Meeting, “Placemaking: Why it Matters,” took place on Tuesday, May 5 at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Attendees were updated on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington as well as provided a presentation on WRC’s core strategic project Wilmington’s Creative District (CD), a vibrant city center, focused on innovative production and consumption, where creative entrepreneurs – artists, musicians, designers and tech innovators – and neighborhood residents thrive and where locally designed goods and original works are made and consumed.

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

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Out + About article about WRC’s upcoming Creative District ground breaking

From Out + About:

Condos and houses designed by and mar­keted to artists—a $1.7 mil­lion project—breaks ground in Quaker Hill next month

With down­town revi­tal­iza­tion having taken hold along Market Street, the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation is ready to extend the expe­ri­ence and invest­ment with the launch of a com­pre­hen­sive plan to estab­lish a Creative District west of Market, bor­dered by Shipley, Fourth, Washington and Ninth streets.

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Save-the-Date: Artist’s Housing Mixer for Willingtown Arts Village

Thursday, March 26
Chris White Gallery, 701 N. Shipley Street

Wilmington Renaissance Corporation & 
Interfaith Community Housing of DE
invite you to attend

WILLINGTOWN ARTS VILLAGE, an eight home ownership opportunity for artists in Wilmington’s Creative District. These units will be renovated spaces that retain the historic architecture of the Quaker Hill neighborhood. The modern interiors will accommodate a creative lifestyle and be budget friendly. This housing will include work space. Come see the project plans and be part of the conversation. Learn how you can attend workshops for the first time home buying focused on Artists and Creatives!


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