Patterson-Woods Welcomes Will Minster to Real Estate Team







Wilmington, DE (February 17, 2017) – Downtown Visions (DTV) Executive Director Martin Hageman announced today that William J. Minster, Director of Business Development for the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District (better known as Downtown Visions), and the full-time Program Manager for Main Street Wilmington, a division of Downtown Visions, has joined Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties/CORFAC International as a licensed real estate agent.

Minster will be maintaining his role at Downtown Visions while practicing real estate. With this dual role, he will be adding professional skills and resources needed to concentrate on small business recruitment and investment in the Downtown Business District.

Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties/CORFAC International is a leading commercial real estate brokerage in the Mid-Atlantic region providing the most complete selection of commercial real estate services to the communities of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. With the bulk of their business in Delaware, Patterson-Woods provides expertise in the Wilmington market and maintains long-standing relationships with members of the community.

“We harnessed Will’s decades of experience as both a business owner and champion for downtown, and our Main Street initiatives have been incredibly successful,” said Hageman. Since 2011, the Main Street Program has awarded 47 grants for building renovations, 50 grants for new signs or awnings and the removal of 26 roll down security gates. Minster has worked one-on-one with business leaders in the Central Business District to facilitate collaboration and participation in the mission of the downtown revitalization.  

Downtown Wilmington has changed dramatically over the last decade with new apartments, businesses, and co-working spaces. We are especially pleased to see innovative spaces like The Mill Space, 1313 Innovation, Start It Up Delaware and Factory Berlin. The tech and start up communities are bringing incredible energy to our downtown, as are the new residents. With this increase in activity, the focus has been placed on the retail mix and amenities that are needed to support the growing community.    

  • Site location for new businesses
  • Retail recruitment and retention
  • Market Analysis
  • Business consultation, connecting businesses to resources
  • Business Transition Strategies
  • Engaging the broader real estate community
  • Property Development

“Downtown Visions, Main Street Wilmington, the City of Wilmington, and all of those involved in the ongoing revitalization of the Central Business District are extremely fortunate to have a person of Will’s experience, drive, resourcefulness, integrity and commitment devote himself to this effort”, remarked Norman Pernick, the Chairman of the Board of Director’s for Downtown Visions. Both Downtown Visions and Main Street’s Board of Directors have met to review the policies and procedures for the Main Street Program which awards grants for building renovations that Minster administers and have implemented safeguards to prevent any actual or perceived conflicts.  Both Boards believe that having a real estate agent with Will’s commitment and connections concentrating on bring businesses downtown is a “win-win” for all involved.

“We are looking forward to Will joining our team of experienced brokers,” said Duncan Patterson, President of Patterson-Woods. “His knowledge of Wilmington and willingness to strengthen the community are in line with Patterson-Woods’ goals and visions. Together, we are looking forward to bringing new tenants and businesses to the city.”

About the Main Street Program

The Main Street program is a non-profit partnership created to improve the central business district of Wilmington, and counts representatives from the City of Wilmington, the Wilmington City Council, the Delaware Office of Economic Development, Downtown Visions and local colleges, developers and retailers as members of its Board.  This national program was spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a leading advocate for the historic preservation movement in the United States.

About Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties/CORFAC International

Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties/CORFAC International is a leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in the Mid-Atlantic commercial property markets. We have been providing the most complete selection of commercial real estate services to the communities of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties is a second generation company well-known for facilitating solutions to the needs of the business community and developers of real property. For more information on Patterson-Woods/CORFAC International, contact the company's Wilmington, Delaware headquarters at 302-622-3500 or visit