$4.6 million awarded to help revitalize Delaware cities and towns
HARRINGTON, Del. – Delaware state leaders gathered in Harrington, on Wednesday, to talk about $4.6 million going towards revitalizing three cities, including Dover and Milford.
Eight new projects will be funded through the Downtown Development Districts program, which essentially gives a tax rebate to places that revitalize.
In Dover a non-profit organization, known as NCALL, will combine two properties to create a 3 story office building that it will use for offices and lease to Delaware State University. Milford plans to renovate a 3 story brick building originally built in 1855, for commercial and residential uses.
Governor John Carney says those plans are exactly what this program is about, bringing life back to places that have suffered in recent years.
“Some of the small towns in Kent and Sussex County don’t get a lot of attention, with respect to a private investment. They have a lot of, often have a lot of, buildings that have been abandoned and in some cases demolished,” says Carney.
Harrington‘s leaders say the city is a prime example of how successful this program can be. The city received the downtown development district designation in 2016. It has been able to grow a 33 acre area in its downtown to about 73 acres, encompassing residential areas. Jeremy Rothwel, Harrington’s City Planner, says this is just the beginning of all the good that’s to come.
“We’re really grateful to the State for investing and designating us as a Downtown Development District. And we really hope over the next 5, 10, 20 years that Harrington is going to be able to come back to what it once was in its prime,” says Rothwell.
The Downtown Development Districts program was created in 2014 and is currently available in eight places: Dover, Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Milford, Seaford, Smyrna and Wilmington. Towns throughout the entire state are encouraged to apply online: here. The deadline is May 15th, 2019.