Eden Village of Wilmington Celebrates Grand Opening

Eden Village of Wilmington marked its official Grand Opening of thirty-one tiny solar-powered homes that will offer permanent housing for disabled and chronically homeless individuals with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony attended by Thomas Construction Group, LS3P, and members of the community.

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The public was welcomed in to tour the pedestrian-only gated community, which is strategically located next to the Wilmington Airport and The Salvation Army’s future complex to provide access to appropriate support services and job training. Guests could walk through the 4,000-square-foot community center, garden area support buildings, and five tiny homes.

Eden Village of Wilmington is a non-profit corporation founded in 2020 by Dr. Tom Dalton and his wife Kim, both medical personnel passionate about advocating for the chronically homeless and dedicated to providing them with dignified living conditions and a supportive community. The Daltons adopted their idea from Eden Village of Springfield after seeing the inspiring work its founders, David and Linda Brown, were doing for their community.

“When Tom and Kim Dalton first approached me with a vision of creating a tiny home community for the chronically homeless, I was intrigued – after spending time and hearing his motivation and the case for the people we should service, seeing the pure divine inspiration, I was sold. Thomas has always been about the community – one of our mantras has been to invest in the community through ‘people we know’ – the Daltons fit that bill,” said Chris Reid, President of Thomas and a board member at Eden Village.

Thomas Construction Group, LLC (Thomas) has been involved with this project for over two years, handling the delivery and installation of all thirty-one homes, coordination of subcontractors, site work, and the construction of the SECU Gathering Tree Community Center.

LS3P designed the community center and many of its employees have donated their time and resources, as part of the company’s Design In-Kind program. Through this initiative, LS3P pledges up to 1% of staff hours – roughly 20 hours a year per employee – for pro bono work. Anyone in the firm can propose and lead a project, and all employees are encouraged to participate. LS3P’s design team of Matt Barnett, AIA, Charles Boney, FAIA, and Chris Wellman led the pro bono design effort for Eden Village. Other design partners include Cheatham and Associates, Woods Engineering, and Coastal Land Design – all of whom donated or discounted their services.
Several other notable partners donated their supplies, time, and services at discounted rates or completely free of charge. This project was able to come to fruition with their dedication and support.
Notable Construction and Trade Partners from around the community who contributed to this project are included but are not limited to:

  • Adams Products
  • Airmax Heating and Cooling
  • Blown Rite Insulation
  • Born to Build
  • Brinn Glass
  • Carolina Commercial Exterior
  • Carolina Commercial Flooring
  • CBI
  • Cheatham and Associates
  • Coastal Custom Exterior
  • Coastal Land Design
  • Concrete Alterations
  • Dan Willard
  • Davis Fence
  • Evergreen Foam
  • Fox Hill Construction
  • Guy C Lee
  • Hanover Coatings
  • Highland Roofing Company
  • Jacobi Hardware
  • Javier’s Masonry
  • Leonard Stephens Masonry
  • Medina
  • Medina Construction
  • Milan Plumbing
  • Nugent Millwork
  • Odyssey Mechanical
  • Pitt Electric
  • S&W Ready Mix
  • Sears Contract
  • Silkwood Painting
  • Southbay Roofing
  • Special Wood
  • W O Grubb Crane
  • Woods Engineering
Eden Village of Wilmington ribbon cutting

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