The Choice Neighborhoods organization, in collaboration with local enterprises, is hoping to create a new business collective on the Southside of Wilmington.
Paul D'Angelo, Planning Manager at the Wilmington Housing Authority, envisions a collective where businesses work together to stay aesthetically pleasing and bring in more commerce to the area.
He hopes it will bring in city dollars and private investment to the area littered with vacant buildings and dilapidated storefronts.
D'Angelo thinks the Queensboro Shirt Company, a business that's been in the area since 1995 and has continued to expand, can take the lead on an initiative like the coalition.
"My neighbors are great people. They're small businesses, hardworking businesses, doing all kinds of interesting things," said Fred Meyers, founder and owner of the Queensboro Shirt Company on Marstellar Street.
Meyers said he would be willing to help launch the joint business effort.
"If I can help in some way bring it together, I would be delighted to do that," Meyers said.
D'Angelo said the collaboration process starts with businesses like Queensboro who are committed to keeping up curb appeal. He said he will also need the city to include the community in street project funding when putting together their budget.
"Private investment into this type of area is really where you get your attention made and a tipping point that actually occurs," D'Angelo said.
D'Angelo said this new business coalition is all part of the Choice Neighborhoods plan to apply for grants and eventually revitalize the Southside of Wilmington.
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