Besides a new mayor in Wilmington, other things people can expect to see in 2013 are various housing projects. Although three are already under construction, Wilmington Mayor James Baker, who has just a few more days left in office says three are planned to begin this year. The good news is all of the projects are expected to strengthen multiple city neighborhoods.

According to Mayor Baker, the City's Eastside, Little Italy, Hilltop, Browntown and Riverfront Communities will see approximately 340 housing opportunities ranging from home ownership to rental properties.

"As I prepare to leave office, I am proud of our record of investing millions of dollars to leverage multiple millions of additional dollars in private investment over the past 12 years to improve City neighborhoods," said Mayor Baker. "These projects represent the last six housing initiatives that our Administration has supported and helped to bring to fruition."

Construction on the new housing projects is scheduled to begin in spring of 2013. They include the Lofts at Clifford Brown Walk-an 80-unit rental project, an Untitled 44 rental unit Project on Walnut Street, and Christiana Square which is on the Wilmington Riverfront, consist of single-family homes and mid-rise apartment buildings.

Mayor Baker said funding for the three projects comes from a variety of Federal funding sources including the City's Strategic Housing Fund.

As far as the other three housing projects which are under construction, they are the Third Street Project which includes four new townhomes in the 1800 block of West 3rd Street, Zanthia's Way-a 14-unit homeownership project in the 600 block of Vandever Avenue and Christina Overlook-a 33-unit home ownership project. Those three are all being managed by the Wilmington Housing Partnership.

"We have proven time and time again that City government can bring about change in our communities by offering citizens and their families wonderful opportunities to live in affordable, modern homes that help strengthen neighborhoods," added Baker.

Mayor Baker's last day is January 7th.