Wilmington Riverfront: Then and Now

Once polluted and dilapidated, the area is now a bustling downtown destination.

Riverfront Wilmington is one of the most exciting redevelopment stories  in America, a place where people live, work and play.

The Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) of Delaware launched a major state-funded effort to restore the area’s economic vitality in 1996. Since then, the Riverfront has been transformed from an industrial wasteland into a thriving residential, business and recreational destination. 

There is ready access from Interstate-95 and abundant free parking. The Riverfront also is steps from the Wilmington Amtrak train station.

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Dilapidated warehouses have been replaced with restaurants, a market and the Chase Center on the Riverfront, a regional conference facility that adjoins the Westin Wilmington, a new hotel. Vacant historic buildings have been restored to serve as headquarters for major employers. A once-polluted shoreline is now lush with native plantings, parkland and spacious gathering places for concerts, festivals and community celebrations. 

This pedestrian-friendly destination also is the location of various cultural, historic, sports and arts attractions, including the Delaware Children’s Museum and Frawley Stadium, home field of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. There is a wide-range of housing options, including luxury rental apartments, riverfront townhouses and high-rise condominiums.

To learn more about opportunities on the Riverfront, call (302) 425-4890 or visit www.riverfrontwilm.com.


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