Fort DuPont Complex Master Plan, Delaware City

Fort DuPont Schematic Map of Land Uses Produced from Interactive Planning Exercise Source: Ft. DuPont Master Plan

Fort DuPont Schematic Map of Land Uses Produced from Interactive Planning Exercise
Source: Ft. DuPont Master Plan

The 325-acre Historic Fort DuPont Complex, designated as a National Historic District, is located near Delaware City along the Delaware River. It includes Fort DuPont State Park, Governor Bacon Health Center, and a complex of state-owned buildings and residences. A 2012 Bond Bill established the goal to “develop a plan for the redesign and redevelopment of the Fort DuPont complex in Delaware City that encourages economic development that is compatible with current historic structures and recreational purposes.” Then-governor Jack Markell, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and community stakeholders established a vision for Fort DuPont to “come alive again as a sustainable, mixed-use community—producing jobs, revenue, housing choices, and other amenities while preserving its historic character.” Community engagement was a critical aspect of the master planning process, which featured public workshops, stakeholder interviews, and an interactive open forum website to provide ongoing engagement with local, regional, and state stakeholders. During one of the workshops, stakeholders participated in an innovative mapping exercise. Participants used “playing cards,” which featured and captured their ideas about potential land uses, including institutional, residential, marina, health hub, and sports and recreation. The resulting 2013 Fort DuPont Master Plan focuses on reuse and mixed-use development strategies for the portion of the Fort DuPont Complex located northeast of Route 9.


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