West Side Grows Together promotes the West Side as a destination, hosts events that expand the customer base, organizes a Business Alliance, offers training seminars and provides access to additional lending sources. We strive to provide an environment for business owners to expand and grow their business and services, and offer more jobs within the community. Our strategy consists of growing safe, vibrant, and accessible business corridors throughout the West Side.

For more information, contact Sarah Lester, Economic Development Manager, at (302) 658-4171 ext. 184 or write

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Making Business Districts Safer, More Attractive, and Pedestrian-Friendly

West Side Grows Together focuses on strengthening the Fourth St. and Lincoln/Union St. business districts. These commercial corridors are the face of our community and provide a wide range of useful goods and services to customers from the West Side and beyond.

Recent Development and Investment in the West Side Business District

Since 2013, 10 new businesses have opened in the Lincoln/Union business district, adding over 30 jobs and more than $300,000 in investments in the community. New businesses include restaurants which have added to the diversity of Lincoln/Union’s “restaurant row” and other businesses that provide much-needed community services, including tax preparation and legal assistance.

This momentum has secured new levels of private and public investment along the commercial corridors, including:

  • A $16.4M reconstruction of The Flats on N. Union St (72 affordable rental units led by Woodlawn Trustees, a founding member of the West Side Grows Together Steering Committee, in partnership with HDCMidAtlantic).  The project was included in the West Side Revitalization Plan, which helped it attract financing. This is the first phase of an estimated $100M project to reconstruct all 430 units of the Flats.
  • The proposed development of a $40 M market-rate mixed-use residential and commercial development at the intersection of N. Union St. and Pennsylvania Ave. headed by a private developer 

For more information about the economic development priorities on the West Side visit the 4th Street, Union Street, and Better Block project pages.

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