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2015 Designated Towns


Governor Jack Markell signs the Downtown Development Districts Act
Seaford Ceremony: Councilman Dan Henderson, Governor Markell
Town of Seaford, DE
Dover Ceremony: (left to right): Senator Brian Bushweller, Governor Markell, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Representative Trey Paradee, Representative Dave Wilson, Dover Council President David Bonar
Flowers in Downtown Dover, DE; M. Mahaffie
Wilmington Ceremony: (left to right): Nick Carro, Stuart Baron, Councilman Darius J. Brown, Samantha Silva, Governor Markell, Representative Helene M. Keeley, Senator Margaret Rose Henry, Representative Stephanie T. Boulden, Councilwoman Hanifa G.N. Shabazz, Director Anas Ben Addi, Representative James “J.J” Johnson, Council President Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr.
Market Street in Wilmington, DE

Program Description

The Downtown Development Districts Act of 2014 (the Act) was enacted by the General Assembly in order to:

  • Spur private capital investment in commercial business districts and other neighborhoods;
  • Stimulate job growth and improve the commercial vitality of such districts and neighborhoods;
  • Help build a stable community of long term residents by improving housing opportunities; and
  • Assist municipalities in strengthening neighborhoods while harnessing the attraction that vibrant downtowns hold for talented people, innovative small businesses and residents from all walks of life.

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What's Going On...

Downtown Development District Application Period has closed
The FY16 application period for Downtown Development District applications closed on June 1, 2016. Ten applications were submitted by local governments in all three counties. Applications were received from Clayton, Dagsboro, Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Milford, New Castle, New Castle County, Newark, and Smyrna. The applications are now being evaluated for completeness and content by staff from the OSPC and the State Agencies. Please check our website regularly for updates on the review process. The OSPC thanks all local governments for the time and effort they have put into their applications, and for their dedication to downtown revitalization.

2014 Applications Submitted

Grant and Incentive Information

Information and links to all incentives available to real property investors within designated Downtown Development Districts. Contact information, phone numbers, and email addresses are provided so that you can get in touch with the appropriate person.

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Contact Info

Phone: 302-739-3090

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Last Updated: Friday, 03-Jun-2016 15:04:39 EDT
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