A $71 million redevelopment at the site of the former Claymont Steel mill will feature a brand new SEPTA station. Construction is set to begin Spring 2019.
The larger project, called First State Crossing, will feature retail, office, industrial and residential space. The Claymont Regional Transportation Center was funded by a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to spur economic development in the town.
“With the Claymont Train Station project beginning this year and the Newark Train Station project underway, we are investing more than $130 million to improve rail infrastructure in our state to better serve our current ridership and accommodate future riders as well,” said Gov. John Carney. “These investments are an important part of our collective efforts to bring new jobs and residents to Claymont and communities throughout our state.”
The existing SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Line has provided service to Claymont since 1991, offering 42 weekday trains and 14 weekend trains. Average weekday ridership out of Claymont is nearly 1,200 passengers.
“Three years ago, we knew this project had the potential to make a big impact on Claymont,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “The Congressional delegation went to work to convince then-US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that this project deserved a $10 million TIGER grant. It was easy to prove our point: This project is a perfect example of how transportation can create new opportunities for economic development through partnerships of government and private investment.”
The project was awarded to Wagman/JMT in January 2019 for $54 million and is estimated to be completed in fall 2021.