Residents of Wilmington’s Eastside are concerned about the lack of safe spaces, services, and opportunities for their children to grow and thrive. Renovating this historic building will answer the call, with youth programs, career development training, and gathering space for the community to thrive.
Social Determinant of Health: Community Vitality
Summary: Renovate former house of worship to offer youth programs, career development training, and community gathering space.
Intended impact: Enhance community vitality by preserving a historic structure, creating a community anchor to house a training center, youth-oriented services, and enliven an enriched “sense of place.”
Project description: Central Baptist Community Development Corporation seeks funding for the first phase of construction, as it already secured ownership of 10th and Lombard property. CBCDC intends to utilize the 12,000 sq. ft. structure to provide community supports including youth programming in partnership with the Culture Restoration Project and CBCDC services such as the Eastside Career Development Center.
Phase 1 of the renovation project includes the following structural, safety, and design elements:
- Structural assessment of the building
- Repairing and restoring masonry and rebuilding built-in gutters
- Replacing existing roofing on flat section
- Resurfacing the parking lot.
- Detailed planning for the uses and design of the interior space
Who will this serve: Wilmington’s Eastside community
Timeline: April 15, 2021 to April 14, 2022
Agency/Partners: Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (lead), Culture Restoration Project, Eastside Resident Steering Committee, AIA (Architect)