Our History

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Verino Pettinaro was born

Verino Pettinaro is born to immigrant parents in Wilmington's Little Italy

1938
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Verino Pettinaro graduates high school

After multiple paper routes as a boy, Verino Pettinaro (pictured left) graduates high school and takes numerous jobs as a carpenter in DE, PA & NJ

1956
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Verino Pettinaro founds Pettinaro

Verino Pettinaro founds Pettinaro as a construction company based out of his garage

1965
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Pettinaro becomes one of the largest open shop contractors in DEPettinaro becomes one of the largest open shop contractors in Delaware, completing jobs throughout the region1975
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Pettinaro converts the Former Krebs School

Pettinaro purchases and converts the Former Krebs School into Tower Office Park, which remains the Pettinaro Corporate Office

1984
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Verino Pettinaro purchases 85 acres

Verino Pettinaro purchases 85 acres of vacant, industrial land along the Christina River in Wilmington, DE

1985
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Gregory Pettinaro joins the company

Gregory Pettinaro joins the company alongside his father Verino Pettinaro

1986
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“Dead Poets’ Society”

Parts of the film “Dead Poets’ Society” starring Robin Williams was filmed at Cornell Business Park in Wilmington

1989
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Michael Walsh joins company

Michael Walsh, COO, joins company as an Assistant Project Manager with Pettinaro Construction

1989
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“The Midas Touch”

Delaware Today publishes “The Midas Touch” in its May issue with Verino Pettinaro on the cover

1994
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Clifton Park Apartments

Renovation of the former Clifton Park Apartments into the Paladin Club Condominiums

1994
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Pettinaro Relocation

Cindy Pettinaro Wilkinson founds Pettinaro Relocation to provide both long and short-term housing

1996
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Dravo Shipyard fabrication shop is redeveloped by Pettinaro

Former Dravo Shipyard fabrication shop is redeveloped by Pettinaro into a 125,000 SF exhibition hall now known as the Chase Center on the Riverfront

1998
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West Creek Village Phase 1

Construction of Phase I at West Creek Village (Buildings 1-7) in Elkton, MD is completed

1998
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New Castle Square Mall renovated

New Castle Square Mall is renovated into 250,000 SF office complex now known as Churchman's Corporate Center

2000
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Rockwood Apartments Phase 1

Completion of Phase I (200 units) of the Rockwood Apartments in Newark, DE

2000
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Rockwood Apartments Phase 2

Construction of Phase IIA (200 units) is completed at Rockwood Apartments

2002
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The Gates BuildingBuilt in 1910 as a machine shop, the Gates Building along the Christina River is transformed into a Class A 100,000 Class A office building and 15,000 SF restaurant2002
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Neglected Dravo Shipyard Engineering office

Neglected Dravo Shipyard Engineering office is renovated by Pettinaro into 63,000 SF, Class A Wilmington Riverfront office building next to the Frawley Baseball Stadium

2004
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The Towers at GreenvilleCompletion of Tower I at The Towers at Greenville2004
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Gregory Pettinaro Named CEO

Gregory Pettinaro, Verino Pettinaro’s son, takes over management as CEO

2005
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West Creek Village Phase 2

Construction of Phase II is complete at West Creek Village (Buildings 8-10)

2005
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London Grove Shopping Center

Completion of the Lowe’s and Acme anchored London Grove Shopping Center in Avondale, PA

2007
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Christina Crescent Building

Pettinaro completes construction of the 280,000 SF Christina Crescent Building at the Wilmington Riverfront

2007
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The Pointe at Brandywine Park

Completion of the 56 unit luxury residential project, The Pointe at Brandywine Park

2008
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Blue Hen Mall conversion

Pettinaro acquires the former 450,000 SF Blue Hen Mall and begins a conversion into office and retail development, which today houses such tenants as Bayhealth and several State of Delaware agencies

2008
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Village at Blue Hen Phase 1

Phase I of Village at Blue Hen apartment community complete in Dover, DE

2010
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Tower II

Tower II opens at The Towers at Greenville

2010
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The Star Building

The Star Building, a seven-story Class A office project, is constructed on the site of former industrial buildings at the Wilmington Riverfront

2010
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Former Wilmington Courthouse

Built in 1916, the 213,000 SF former Wilmington Courthouse, overlooking Rodney Square, was renovated by Pettinaro for current tenant Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

2011
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Phase II of Village at Blue Hen

Phase II of Village at Blue Hen apartment community completed, bringing total to 162 apartments

2011
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Bethany Bay Resort Community & Golf Club

Construction is completed on 550 resort-style homes at Bethany Bay Resort Community & Golf Club along the Indian River Bay

2011
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Rockwood Apartments Phase 2

Construction of Phase IIB (40 units) completed at the Rockwood Apartments in Newark, DE

2012
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Village Park at Paladin

Residential community Village Park at Paladin is complete just north of Wilmington

2012
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The Towers at Greenville III

Expansion completed at The Towers at Greenville with the Grand Opening of Tower III

2013
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Pettinaro Residential brings in 7

Nearly 40 years after Verino Pettinaro and Ed Davison opened Mid-Atlantic Realty, Pettinaro Residential brings management of 7 additional residential communities in-house

2013
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Business Leaders Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of Delaware inducts Verino Pettinaro into the Business Leaders Hall of Fame

2014
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Pettinaro celebrate 50 years

The Pettinaro family & its companies celebrate 50 years

2015
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5 Commercial properties in Greenville

Pettinaro acquires 5 commercial properties in Greenville, DE from Stoltz Real Estate Partners

2015
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Barley Mill Plaza

Former DuPont Co. complex Barley Mill Plaza, consisting of 57 acres and 24 buildings, is acquired by Pettinaro from Stoltz Real Estate Partners

2016
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Eden Hill Ground Breaking

Pettinaro breaks ground on Eden Hill Farm commercial property in Dover, DE

2016
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West Creek Village Expansion

Expansions begin at residential communities West Creek Village, Village at Blue Hen and Rockwood Apartments that will add several hundred new apartment homes and townhomes

2016