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Rep. Short: Like To See Seaford As Downtown Dev. District

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SEAFORD, Del. - Seemingly a busy day on High Street, but what may be missed: a handful of empty buildings.

Nancy Hall, owner of the bath shop at the Two Cats in the Yard, says when someone drives into downtown Seaford, they'll notice a beautiful quaint little town.

But when walking through, she says you see "lots of vacant buildings."

The emptiness hurts the town's image, Hall says.

"It concerns people," said Hall.

The now-vacant buildings could soon be filled as apart of Gov. Jack Markell's new downtown development districts. Markell (D) said downtown areas in towns and cities across Delaware could use some sprucing up in his State of the State address on Tuesday.

The Governor proposed investing $7 million to revitalize Delaware's downtown areas in hopes of making it "safer and more vibrant."

"Much of our success as a state will depend upon whether our cities are safe and vibrant, " said Markell in his address. "We know revitalizing neighborhoods is an important part of making our streets safer. We can replicate the success other communities have had in strengthening neighborhoods, while also harnessing the attraction that vibrant downtown's hold for talented young people and innovative small businesses."

Rep. Dan Short (R-Dist. 39) tells WMDT he spoke with the Governor about his proposal. Details are limited at this point and could change, but Short says developers could invest in designated cities and the state may give back up to 20 percent.

"When you get 20 cents on the dollar in this economy to help revitalize a business or bring employees here, depending on the what the parameters of this program works out to be, I think it's a pretty good deal," said Short.

The Governor's office tells WMDT more of the plan will be known, along with other proposals,  within the next week, when Markell releases his budget.

This proposal is still in the very early stages and would need to be accepted by the General Assembly before it becomes a reality.

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