Received 10 Applications
On November 1, 2014, 10 local governments submitted applications to be considered for designation as a Downtown Development District. Applications were received from Clayton, Dover, Middletown, Milford, Milton, New Castle County, Newark, Seaford, Smyrna and Wilmington. The Office of State Planning Coordination is managing the review of these applications for eventual consideration by the Governor.
Public Comment Period
The public comment period is open for the “Guidelines Governing the Administration and Review of Applications for Designation as DDDs”.
For more information visit the Office of State Planning Coordination’s website, http://stateplanning.delaware.gov/ddd/.
Downtown Development Districts, authorized by Senate Bill 191 on June 5, 2014, establish economic development incentives that promote revitalization of Delaware’s downtowns.
The first step in becoming a Downtown Development District (DDD) requires the local government (municipality or county) to complete an application and create a District Plan. The DDD Application, Application Guidelines Booklet, and a Census spreadsheet are now available for download on the Downtown Development Districts website. Completed applications are due on or before November 1, 2014. The application process is being administered by the Office of State Planning Coordination.
Full program details are available on the Downtown Development Districts website. Additional background information is posted in our toolkit.
This article from the Wilmington News Journal highlights a growing problem facing many Rust Belt communities: What can be done with massive, often-derelict industrial and transportation structures? Tearing them down can cost municipalities millions and redevelopment can be even costlier. Holding festivals at these sites have allowed cities to give the public a glimpse of what some consider America’s “ruins” and showcase current preservation efforts.