Claymont’s Renaissance supports Weiner
Letter to the Editor, Brandywine Community News
To the Editor:
Much has been written lately about the community-initiated Claymont Renaissance.
Fair credit must also be given to the critical and passionate involvement of
our elected officials; especially Councilman Bob Weiner. The councilman has utilized his experience gleaned as a national leader in affordable housing and sustainable development with the National Association of Counties.
Weiner spearheaded the Claymont Renaissance economic redevelopment initiative in 2000 to revitalize our historic community.
He assisted in raising over $250,000 through government grants and private
corporate contributions to finance the Claymont Renaissance and was instrumental
in organizing regular monthly meetings of public and private stakeholders
for the purpose of developing a consensus idealized build out plan. The
result was a community-endorsed design for a "new urbanism" mixed-use
pedestrian-oriented village along Philadelphia Pike in Claymont. Our
local business, civic and historic groups, supported by federal, state and county officials have worked with Weiner to attract new business investment to this previously blighted area, resulting in an initial commitment to invest over 130 million dollars of new private investment capital in our community.
Claymont is one of a series of activities initiated by Weiner and New Castle
County to integrate affordable housing, economic growth and environmental
protection into the development of a cohesive sustainable community.
Brett Saddler, President
Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation
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