The Next Property Application Deadline is January 13, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

While our new interactive website is under construction, please email: 


for the updated inventory list, applications any other Land Bank questions. 







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



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


Community Gardens

•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!

Upcoming Meetings:
Greening Committee
Delaware Center for Horticulture
Technical Advisory Board
January 20, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.
Governance  Committee
January 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Finance  Committee
January 26, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
January 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
PLEASE CONTACT Natalie DiCostanza at ndicostanza@wilmingtonlandbank.org for meeting instructions!





Our Address:

Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank

404 N Market Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

Email: info@wilmingtonlandbank.org

Phone: (302) 746-6009

For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form: