First State Community Loan Fund launches the Market Street Corridor Revitalization Fund, a new loan program to support growth of small businesses in downtown Wilmington. The launch took place at Twisted Soul, a restaurant that would not have opened if not for the program.

Much of the resurgence along Market Street can be credited to the developers Buccini/Pollin Group, which has invested about $125 million to open nearly a dozen apartment buildings that have added about 200 residential units from Fourth to Ninth streets. Brothers Chris and Rob Buccini also have helped draw several restaurants downtown, including La Fia + Market + Bistro, the Merchant Bar, Chelsea Tavern, Ernest & Scott Taproom, the future 3 Doors Brewing Co. and a beer garden planned at 817 N. Market St. -Delaware Online