Community stakeholders met Thursday afternoon to discuss the future of neighborhood revitalization on the Southside of the city.
The meeting was hosted by the Choice Neighborhood organization, a division of HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Paul D'Angelo, Wilmington's Choice Neighborhood Planning Manager, gave a presentation detailing the short-term and long-term successes of Southside community improvements.
Stakeholders in attendance thought the Southside of the town could change as much as other areas of the downtown region have in the past.
"These neighborhoods that are surrounding the downtown- I think that they're up next. You see what's happening on the Northside. I think it's really important that the Southside get the same type of attention and the same look," said D'Angelo.
D'Angelo said one of the organization's goals is to completely revamp the Hillcrest Development, a $49 million project that would require grant funding. He's hoping they find community champions to step up and help lead the rebuilding efforts. He has high hopes for the revitalization efforts.
"Maybe we'll be the affordable housing part of town where it's a great place to live. I think there's a lot to be said about a Southside neighborhood and what it can be and the part it could play in revitalization for our city," the planning manager stated.
Choice Neighborhood recently submitted a grant application for increased safety needs in housing developments.
The larger $30 million Choice Neighborhood grant application is due this summer.
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