NCALL — formerly National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor — will begin on May 14 demolishing nine vacant and boarded up properties in downtown Dover that were recently purchased using Strong Neighborhoods Housing Funds awarded by Delaware State Housing Authority.

Five of these properties stand side by side on a single block of North Kirkwood Street. Two others are on South Queen, and the remaining two are on South Kirkwood and will be developed by Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity.

“This is an unprecedented move to eliminate blight in our downtown and to create new and attractive for sale housing to truly meet our goals for Restoring Central Dover,” said Joe Myer, executive director of NCALL. “Most were known nuisance properties, magnets for crime and illegal activity and their eradication has been greeted with relief by neighborhood residents. The lots will be redeveloped in the near future and then sold to qualifying homebuyers. Both NCALL and CDHFH are focusing efforts on specific blocks to ensure maximum impact of their investment.”

NCALL and CDHFH received a joint award of $1 million in Strong Neighborhood Housing Funds to redevelop 20 properties in central Dover.

"This initiative will help transform blighted blocks and revitalize the entire look and fabric of downtown Dover," said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi. "We are pleased to help support our partners NCALL and Habitat through the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund and look forward to continuing this work in the future."

NCALL is the lead agency of Restoring Central Dover a comprehensive community development effort comprised of over 20 different organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, businesses, institutions and residents. Utilizing a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grant, the Restoring Central Dover Plan was adopted in 2014 and identifies strategies to create a strong community, positive development and an integrated public realm. Restoring Central Dover was instrumental in the City of Dover receiving the Downtown Development District designation in 2015 and access to new revitalization resources.

For more, visit ncall.org/restoring-central-dover.