Through the support of the City of Wilmington, the State of Delaware and HUD, we have eliminated many of our distressed properties and successfully developed award winning communities in their place. We have also invested millions in the rehabilitation of our existing public housing units, ensuring that they meet today's standards. From the construction of the Village of East Lake to the restoration and rehabilitation of Crestview Apartments the WHA has successfully helped change the face of Wilmington, and improve the lives of thousands of residents in our various communities.
The Park View Apartments
1800 North Broom Street
Formerly Electra Arms, a 234 unit distressed public housing property. The Park View building was renovated in 2001 using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. WHA took over the development of the site in 2000 after a default by a local developer. Today, under WHA management, the 200 unit Park View building is one of the most sought after senior facilities in the City. The Park View is jointly owned by the Wilmington Revitalization Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of WHA) and Edison Capital of California.
Features include: 24-hour security surveillance system and key card access, air conditioning, hardwired smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, community room with large screen TV and kitchen facilities. There are laundry facilities on each floor, off-street parking, emergency call systems, and a security/fire system. All units are fully handicapped accessible. Two private physicians lease space and provide medical services at The Park View to both residents and the public.
Village of Eastlake
Delaware’s award winning HOPE VI project
A 1998, $16.8 million HOPE VI Grant funded the demolition of "The Bucket" [267 deplorable housing units] and the creation of "The New Village of Eastlake". The site features 160, two story townhouses including 70 public housing/tax-credit rental units and 90 homeowner properties. This award winning community is Delaware’s only completed HOPE VI project. The Village of Eastlake was awarded the prestigious Readers Choice Award from Affordable Housing Finance Magazine as the "Best Affordable Homeownership Opportunity in the United States for 2006-2007".
Features include: Newly created through streets, central air conditioning, two and one-half baths, master bedroom suite with picture window, front porches, garages, storage sheds, custom kitchens, Energy Star appliances, security patrols, semi-detached, detached and row houses, handicapped accessible units, resident and homeowners’ associations.
Asbury Gardens Apartments
201 Poplar Street
This all brick mid-rise apartment building has 14, one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units. Asbury Gardens is located in downtown Wilmington convenient to the business district and entertainment venues.
Features include: 24-hour surveillance system and key card access, hardwired smoke detectors, individually controlled heating and A/C units, and upgraded kitchens.
1802 West Street
Thirteen units make up this beautifully updated complex, which includes ten efficiency and three one-bedroom units. Tucked away in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Wilmington, the facility will undergo upgrades to the hallways and common areas in the near future.
Features include: New boiler system, new fresh air handler, repaved parking lot, new stockade wooden fencing, new windows, kitchen upgrades, new appliances, new roof, 24-hour video camera security system, hardwired smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, new glass enclosed entrance, and exterior façade renovation.
30, 32 and 34 West 31st Street
Evans House, an 18 unit, three-bedroom, all brick, mid-rise apartment building, and is now part of the Crestview Management area, will soon receive a new 24-hour monitored security system upgrade. The property was comprehensively upgraded in 2005 to include air conditioning, new kitchens, appliance upgrades, roofing replacement, and exterior lighting fixtures.
Features include: Key card access, hardwired smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, thermo-pane windows, new exterior doors, exterior lighting, air handler, air conditioning sleeves, new heat pumps, exterior security fencing and landscaping. A private day care service provider leases space at Evans House and provides services to both WHA residents and the public.
309 W. 18th Street
This ten-story high rise was specifically designed for elderly living. It contains 92 one-bedroom, 4 two-bedroom, and 4 efficiency units that sit adjacent to the Brandywine Park and is within walking distance to downtown Wilmington. The building was completely renovated in 1998 but major systems were not addressed. Since 2005, new laundry equipment has been installed. Fencing has been installed with security gates, upgraded security system, and air conditioning upgrades. Exterior façade repairs and a complete new roofing system were completed in 2009 – 2010.
Features include: 24-hour surveillance system and key card access, hardwired smoke detectors, individually controlled heating and A/C, on-site computer lab and library, on-site laundry facilities, community room with big-screen TV and pool table, upgraded kitchens, resident 501(c) 3 organization.
4th and Madison Streets
Created on the site of the former Madison Gardens public housing mid-rise which was demolished in 2005, WHA designed and built 18 three-bedroom, 2.5 bath units consistent with the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood. The units are clustered into two groups of nine with an interior drive and off-street parking accessible from 3rd Street.
Features include: Three stories, every unit has a front porch, individual entry, private yard, outdoor patio and exterior storage unit, central air, fully sprinkled interiors, on-site management office and off street parking.
Madison Gardens is within walking distance of the Shipley Street corridor, downtown Wilmington and the Adams Four Shopping Plaza.
Heald Street Properties
2nd and Heald Street
The Heald Street Townhouses were the first newly constructed scattered sites public housing in Wilmington’s history. The six unit townhouse project replaced 11 dilapidated units on North Heald Street and complimented other new units built in the area.
Features include: 24 foot wide, semi-detached units, three-bedrooms, 1.5 baths, laundry rooms, extra large eat-in kitchens, computer nooks, large bay windows, rear decks with storage sheds, central air, washer and dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, garbage disposal, and high efficiency appliances.
Units are part of WHA’s Section 32 Homeownership Program and available for purchase by income eligible families. WHA offers a myriad of self-sufficiency programs to residents living at Heald Street including homeownership counseling and preparation. As a result of the Heald Street development effort, WHA reduced neighborhood density from eleven to six units – a reduction of 45%.
28th and Market Street
When the housing sales market collapsed in 2006, WHA was able to acquire high quality, newly constructed units on the private market to improve our housing stock. Five properties were purchased and are now part of the WHA Section 32 Homeownership Program. Additionally, in 2009, the City of Wilmington developed a community of semi-custom three and four bedroom townhouses of outstanding quality and value at the former Prestwyck Apartments site. The WHA, in cooperation with the City’s Department of Real Estate and Housing, financed the construction of one of the Prestwyck Townhouses that today is occupied by a WHA resident seeking to realize the dream of homeownership.
Features include: Brick and stucco exterior, one-car garage, master bedroom suite with private bathroom, walkout basement with finished family room, spacious kitchen, computer nook, 3rd floor stackable laundry equipment, central air and forced air heating system, wall to wall carpeting, Energy Star efficient appliances, ADT security system with two year monitoring service.
2700 N. Market Street
After a devastating fire in 2006, Crestview Apartments was left structurally damaged and had to be vacated. All 149 residents were relocated and a comprehensive renovation plan was developed by WHA. In 2007, a three-year, $7 million restoration began. Supported by a $1.6 million grant from the City of Wilmington, $1 million in federal earmarks and $2 million in energy related upgrades provided by Honeywell, today this ten-story, 149 unit building is one of the safest and greenest buildings in the City. $600,000 in exterior upgrades are now underway and will be completed in early 2013.
Features include: Emergency backup generators and lighting, full sprinkler system in apartments and common areas, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, “green” roofing system, new library, upgraded community room, exterior façade restoration, low-flow toilets and showers, security cameras on all floors, and fully landscaped grounds.
320 E. 5th Street
Herlihy Apartments boasts 126 one-bedroom, all efficient high-rise units with adaptable handicapped accessible units. Common corridors have been upgraded with fire doors and a new lighting system. Other recent improvements include a handicapped accessible lobby and an easy-to-access management office. Renovations have updated the community room, kitchen and library. New smoke detection, roof and camera security systems have been installed. All units were upgraded with new kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures. A new elevator system was installed in 2011.
Features include: New windows, new boiler, security camera and surveillance system, key card access, air conditioning, hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, outdoor picnic area, community room with big-screen TV, pool table, library and kitchen.
Riverside Family Development
Located in Northeast Wilmington
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided grant funds for rehabilitation of 58 long term vacant units. WHA demolished 146 obsolete units in 2010 in preparation for redevelopment. Another 88 obsolete units will be demolished in 2013. Riverside was selected as a “Delaware Blue Print Community” by the Federal Home Loan Bank. Extensive planning and partnering is ongoing with a variety of neighborhood stakeholders. Riverside is a planned submittal for a Choice Neighborhoods award.
Features include: Hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, high efficiency 16 SEER heaters, tankless hot water heaters, Energy Star insulated glass windows, exterior step and sidewalk replacement, new kitchens, bath and shower upgrades, water saving toilets, showers and faucets.
Located in Southeast Wilmington
Renovated with state-of-the-art energy conservation measures, as the recipient of a 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act competitive grant of $3.6 million dollars, the Southbridge neighborhood is currently under renovation including installation of interior insulation and energy efficiency upgrades, which will make the 180 units at the site some of the most energy efficient in WHA’s inventory.
Features include: Upgrades to interior insulation, new heating and cooling systems, tankless hot water heaters, new appliances, new roofs, stucco front renovations, building exteriors cleaned and pointed, porch brackets and roofs cornices restored, central air conditioning, new kitchens, low-flow toilets and showers.
Eastlake Court Townhouses
Located on Northeast Blvd. at 22nd and Heald Streets
Eastlake Court is a ten unit, semi-detached newly constructed townhouse community with 10 three-bedroom townhouses designed to use 30% less energy than traditionally constructed homes. This project provides an opportunity for ten qualified, working WHA families to pursue homeownership through the Section 32 Homeownership Program and to purchase some of the most energy efficient homes in the City of Wilmington.
Features include: Three-bedrooms and 1.5 baths, eat-in kitchens with Energy Star appliances, off street parking, low flow toilets and tankless water heaters, double insulated windows and bio-based soy insulation, high efficiency heating, lighting, and air conditioning, front and back yard storage units, built-in computer desk, wall to wall carpeting, hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire and sprinkler systems, private cul-de-sac, fully landscaped.
325 E. 5th Street
Compton Towers is presently undergoing over $250,000 in upgrades to the lobby and first floor areas designed to make it a safer and more manageable property. Upgrades to security camera system, a new mailroom, renovated management offices and an upgraded community room and lobby will increase the security and livability of the 180 unit facility. An additional $1,000,000 in energy upgrades were installed in 2011 including new boilers.
Features include: 1 and 2 bedroom units, security cameras on all floors, community room with large screen television and pool table, security guard monitored entrances, air conditioning, off street parking.
2800 Tatnall Street
The $2.5 million renovation includes a central pavilion linking two previously separate buildings into an integrated complex. The facility has 23 three-bedroom units and one fully handicapped accessible two-bedroom unit. Kennedy is WHA’s first “non smoking” facility.
Features include: Central air, Energy Star appliances, 24 hour security, 30 security cameras, key card access, full sprinkler systems in apartments and common areas, new windows, and on-site laundry room. A new A-frame roofing system with exterior renovations and lighting complete the transformation.
1625 Gilpin Avenue – Trolley Square
In 2011 WHA broke ground for the new Lincoln Towers, a state-of-the-art 88 unit affordable housing community for seniors. The facility replaces the former Lincoln Towers that was demolished by WHA in late 2010. A joint venture with the City of Wilmington will also create a new state-of-the-art neighborhood fire station operated by Wilmington’s Fire Department. The building design incorporates high energy efficiency systems and materials, making it one of the premier “green” buildings in the City of Wilmington.
Features include: The latest in Energy Star efficiency materials and systems, an underground parking garage, restored Conaty Park, unique floor plans and a new Fire Station Number 5.
The Wilmington Housing Authority manages over 300 “Scattered Site” units throughout the City. Most of these units are single-family residences, which provide a variety of housing choices in almost every neighborhood in the City for low-income residents. WHA has invested heavily in these properties, bringing more than 100 vacant units back on line, upgrading occupied units with new porches, roofs, windows doors, kitchens, bathrooms and appliance replacements. Together with our partners, especially the City of Wilmington’s Department of Real Estate and Housing, more than 40 formerly vacant WHA properties have been converted to homeownership opportunities.
Features include: A variety of housing choices, unit sizes and amenities depending on neighborhood.