“Our Vision for Vitality” will be a key component of an application to make Dover one of at least three Downtown Development Districts (DDD) in the state.
In late 2013, a collaborative effort began to pull together data that would provide a blueprint to revitalize central Dover. The results of that effort were released on Wednesday.
The Restoring Central Dover project was to focus on helping people find reasonably priced places to live, economic development, social services and neighborhood building, said Joe Myer, the executive director of NCALL Research, a locally-based, nonprofit that helped organize the project.
Over the past year, the project has collected data and information through community, land-use and physical condition surveys, as well as interviews with area residents, Myer said. A key component was a community open house held in May that gathered input from people living in the areas that would be affected by the project, which is bounded by Williams Street on the north, State Street on the east, Hope Street on the south and West and Queen streets on the west.
A western extension of the study area runs along Del. Route 8 to the north and North Street to the south, stretching to Saulsbury Road.
What it means
The result of the year’s work is a detailed report, titled “Our Vision for Vitality,” a summary of existing conditions and suggestions for how to tackle problems such as transportation, housing, access to open space, commercial services and public safety.
The plan will serve as a guide for efforts to find funding to make some of the projects a reality, Myer said.
“Our Vision for Vitality” will be a key component of an application to make Dover one of at least three Downtown Development Districts (DDD) in the state, which would make the city eligible for a portion of a $7 million fund that can be used to encourage growth and redevelopment. Gov. Jack Markell announced the program in April.
Dover is one of 10 local governments that submitted DDD applications on Nov. 1, Markell administration spokeswoman Kelly Bachman said. A cabinet-level committee will begin meeting in January to review the applications.
In addition to possible DDD funding, Myer said the committee overseeing the plan would apply for grants and seek other ways of obtaining the money needed to bring it to fruition.
The total cost of implementing the plan is estimated at $33.3 million, he said.
To see the entire plan, download the PDF file by visiting tinyurl.com/kcbxfxx.
What he said
“We have a plan now and we can move toward implementation, how to bring this plan to life. We now have to get organized, to make sure this plan does not just sit on a shelf and collect dust.”
-- Joe Myer, executive director of NCALL Research