The first phase of a major new luxury apartment community in North Wilmington was celebrated yesterday by executives of the Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG) and public officials, who heralded the development as the state’s first of its kind.
The complex combining retail, restaurants, office and residential uses, will eventually include six apartment buildings and involve $200 million in investment, according to Chris Buccini of BPG.
The Concord is the largest mixed-use project in New Castle County
The Concord at 3575 Silverside Road is the largest mixed-use project in New Castle County and marks the first BPG project outside of Wilmington city limits. Three apartment buildings are open with 50% rented, and two restaurants are already serving customers: the Platinum Dining Group’s El Camino Mexican Kitchen and Taverna Rustic Italian.
The design team created the urban-suburban development to foster a walkable, bikeable mixed-use village in Talleyville.
BPG will begin construction on two more apartment buildings in the fall, one of which will include additional retail. When fully completed, The Concord will include 341 apartments. Fifty companies occupy office space at the 45-acre site, and BPG hopes to announce two new fitness groups as tenants in the coming weeks.
A double-decker clubhouse and other modern amenities
The Concord offers upscale, modern amenities including a private pool and outdoor courtyard, a two-story resident clubhouse complete with a game room and media center, as well as a two-story fitness center, Hub by Amazon package receiving, and a dog washing station.
One and two-bedroom apartment homes are also equipped with a keyless access system allowing residents to unlock their apartments with a smartphone.
BPG acquired the 55,000 square foot office park near the active Concord Pike corridor 14 years ago. When a major tenant moved out of the Plaza two years ago, and with enough unoccupied space to raise nine buildings to make way for new ones, the design team spent a year trying to imagine what it could be.
Eventually, they decided to develop what they hope will be the first of many mixed-use, walkable communities in that area.
“There’s nowhere in the world that we want to make better than New Castle County,” said Chris Buccini at yesterday’s ribbon cutting. “It’s where we were born and raised, and we have an incredible and immense amount of pride for our community. The Concord is the epitome of what The Buccini/Pollin Group has been trying to do in our home of New Castle County over the past 25 years,” he said.
In addition to the Platinum Dining Group restaurants, existing tenants, including Manhattan Bagel, Bright Horizons Daycare, and an array of specialty medical offices, offer residents modern conveniences within walking distance.
“This is a huge leap forward in changes to the Concord Pike in a very positive way and hopefully sets the tone for more redevelopment projects to come down the pike,” said Councilperson Dee Durham.
Durham said she has a vision of a bike/pedestrian path that would parallel 202 from Silverside to Naamans Road behind Widener Law School and the Concord Mall, getting people out of their cars to shop, dine, stroll, bike, and access the National Park via a pedestrian tunnel in the vicinity of Widener Law School.
Former NCC councilman Bob Weiner was asked to cut the ribbon on The Concord at the grand opening ceremony.
Pictures in this article are a mix of those taken by TSD and Joe del Tufo of Moonloop Photography.