•Rick Gessner, Chairman
•Hanifa Shabazz, Vice Chair, Governance Chair, President, Wilmington City Council
•Jeffrey C. Flynn, Vice Chair, City of Wilmington, Economic Development
•Susan Frank, Finance Chair, Designee of DE Governor
•Kevin Smith, WNCLB Technical Board Chairman, President, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
•Charles M. Freel, Finance Chair, Wilmington City Council
•Herb M. Inden, Director of Planning, City of Wilmington,
•Dr. Raheemah Jabbar-Bey, Professor, School of Urban Policy, University of Delaware - Retired
•Hal Schneikert, Wilmington Neighborhood Planning Council
•Robert Weir, Director, Department of Real Estate & Housing, City of Wilmington
TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD
•Kevin Smith, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle Co., Chairman
•Rev. T.S. Keeling, Central Baptist CDC
•Sarah Lester, Cornerstone West CDC
•Vikram Krishnamurthy, DE Center for Horticulture
•Carrie Murphy, Delaware Urban Farm Food Coalition
•Grant Dick, Friends of Wilmington Parks
•Matt Lynch, Ministry of Caring
•Rysheema Dixon, South Wilmington Planning Network
•Maria Dziembowska, The Nature Conservancy
•Rodney A. Lambert, Woodlawn Trustees
The mission of the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank (WNCLB) is to return vacant, dilapidated, abandoned, and delinquent properties to productive use, while strengthening and revitalizing our neighborhoods and
inspiring economic development.
We accomplish our mission in a way that:
•Is purposeful, transparent, and for the public good;
•Improves the coordination of resources and collaboration within and between governments,
community organizations, and the private sector;
•Is both economically efficient and sustainable;
•Reflects the goals and objectives of the City’s comprehensive development plan; and
•Invests in existing neighborhoods.
Our Processes and Programs:
• Acquire, stabilize, and maintain vacant, blighted and abandoned properties in the City of Wilmington
• Manage disposition of properties to new owners who will restore them to productive use, through programs that will include:
Homesteading for new home-owners
Investor acquisition for renovation and resale for homeowners
•Package contiguous parcels for development projects, including affordable and market rate housing.
It is important to note that the WNCLB is NOT a developer. The WNCLB exists to facilitate the return of the City's vacant, blighted and abandoned properties to productive use. We partner with Wilmington residents, builders and investors who are committed to making our city a better place to live, work and play!
Delaware Center for Horticulture
Technical Advisory Board
September 16th, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
September 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM
September 29, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
September 3, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
PLEASE CONTACT Natalie DiCostanza at for meeting instructions!
Please stay safe during this difficult time.
CONSERVANCY LAND BANK
Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank
404 N Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 746-6009
For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form: