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For Immediate Release: November 12, 2009
Contact: Molly Keresztury
Day Phone: 302-658-4171
Night Phone: 304-282-7932
Email: MKeresztury@westendnh.org

Cornerstone West celebrates community revitalization work on West Side

Ceremony commemorates decade-long $30 million effort to revitalize the West Side with a groundbreaking of 10 new town homes and the grand re-opening of a 72-unit apartment complex

Wilmington, November 12, 2009 – Zakiyyah Moore never thought she would be able to purchase her own home, especially considering the current housing market. Then she heard about a community of new town homes called The Pavilion for sale in the heart of Little Italy with mortgages starting at just $150,000.

“I’ve always wanted to own a home, but it seemed out of reach,” Moore said during Thursday’s press conference to break ground on The Pavilion at Madeline’s Restaurant. “Then I found Cornerstone West and they are making my dream a reality.”

Cornerstone West, West End Neighborhood House’s community development arm, celebrated $30 million of community revitalization work on the West Side of Wilmington on Thursday with a ceremony showcasing their two most recent projects – The Pavilion, a community of 10 brand new town homes on 5th and DuPont Streets, and Clayton Court, a 72-unit apartment complex adjacent to The Pavilion that was renovated in partnership with the Delaware Valley Development Company.

Governor Markell, Mayor Baker, representatives from St. Francis Hospital and the Delaware Valley Development Company and first-time home buyers spoke at the event and joined Cornerstone West to celebrate their efforts to turn the corner on the West Side – including 80 renovated and sold homes, 83 mixed-income rental units and 94 home and façade improvements – over the last 10 years.

“We have really turned a corner on the West Side. The neighborhood and housing prices are stable due to increased home ownership and we’ve attracted private investment,” said Joan Fultz, Director of Cornerstone West. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, but we’re already looking forward to creating more affordable housing opportunities.”

Cornerstone West’s ambitious plans, which include the construction of an additional 30 homes in the next 24 months, come to life with the support of the community and their numerous partners. To illustrate the West Side’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization, speakers at the press conference pieced together a puzzle of West Side landmarks, including West End Neighborhood House, St. Anthony’s Church, St. Francis Hospital, The Pavilion and Clayton Court, on a colorful foam board framed by the Little Italy arch.

“This is an incredible example of government agencies, non-profit organizations and private companies working together to help a community thrive,” Said Gov. Jack Markell, who placed the West End Neighborhood House community puzzle piece on the board. “From DNREC, who remediated The Pavilion site, to the City of Wilmington, who purchased the property on behalf of Cornerstone West, to the private organizations that have invested in both of these projects, this type of collaboration is exactly what Delaware needs to move forward.”

The Pavilion and Clayton Court received funding and support from the Citi Foundation, Delaware State Housing Authority, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Delaware, Diamond State Community Land Trust, FHLBank of Pittsburgh, JPMorgan Chase, New Castle County, the Wilmington Housing Partnership and Wilmington Trust.

Created in 1999 from a collaborative partnership between West End, St. Francis Hospital and the community, Cornerstone West has created a total of 338 affordable housing opportunities and home improvements in the Wilmington area since their inception, investing over $50 million into the Wilmington community.

The Pavilion by Cornerstone West
10 new town homes on 5th and DuPont Streets on sale now.
Mortgages start as low as $150,000. Amenities include:
o 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths (option for 2.5 baths)
o PRIVATE off-street parking
o Central air
o Energy Star windows, doors, appliances and systems
o Within walking distance to Little Italy attractions, including restaurants, the Woodlawn Library and shops
o Close to public transportation

For more information about The Pavilion or housing counseling classes,
visit www.cornerstonewest.org or contact Ty Crippen at TCrippen@westendnh.org or 302-472-3700.

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