Williams met with Mayor Mike Purzycki and U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) on the west side of the river to celebrate funding for the sewer works, which were included in the federal appropriations bill passed by Congress in March.
“With that $4.8 million, the city will be able to expand and improve the sewers it needs to accommodate Phase Two and Phase Three of the Riverfront East,” Carper said. “What we’re enabling is redevelopment of projects in parts of Delaware everywhere, places that are really almost uninhabitable, places that get flooded, that sometimes don’t smell that nice, and we make them livable, loveable, [and] beautiful.”
Riverfront East plans include nearly two million square feet of office space, more than 350,000 square feet of retail and more than 4,200 homes. There are also plans for a river walkway, mirroring the popular westside walkway, and a central green space for recreation.
“There are people who are still looking across the road and don’t have the imagination to see what it’s going to be like. But we do it,” said Purzycki. “I hope I live long enough to see it really bloom the way I want it to.”
In addition to infrastructure works such as the sewage project, the first phase of the project includes the river path and central green space, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Phase one is expected to cost $30 million and will include nearly 200 construction projects.
The state Department of Transportation will spend $20 million to begin building new roads through the area, as well as traffic calming initiatives designed to make travel as safe as possible for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.