Since 2013, Wilmington Alliance has lead a multi-project revitalization effort in West Center City. We have established strong local connections through years of free cultural and community programming. Our creative placemaking work harnesses the power of the arts to generate community engagement, inspired public spaces, and genuine civic pride in the West Center City neighborhood.
By giving space and support to creative entrepreneurs – whether they be artists, musicians, designers, tech innovators, makers or manufacturers – Wilmington Alliance seeks to create opportunities for all residents.
This revitalization strategy has transformed vacant lots to green spaces and vacant buildings to community assets. By investing in infrastructure within the community, the Alliance creates an equitable environment where community members have access to resources and experiences in their own neighborhood. If Wilmington is to thrive, its citizens must have vibrant neighborhoods that reflect equity and authenticity. Our partners in this work are not just creative professionals, but residents, community organizers and small-business owners, allied with the largest corporations in the state, to make our neighborhoods socially cohesive, economically stable, resilient and thriving.
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A Vacant to Vibrant Project: The project at 7th & West—revitalized a neglected empty lot into a bright community green space.
Located on the corner of 7th and Washington St., this was a former liquor store and laundromat will become a multi-use space that will benefit the residents of West Center City. Art programs, art exhibits, meetings, and community workshops will be held in this space.
Construction is in process, with a projected completion date of December 2022. Please check back for Grand Opening and programming details!
The Vacant to Vibrant project proposes to reimagine and redesign two vacant lots and two alleyways within Quaker Hill and Wilmington’s Creative District.