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Public invited to downtown Dover master plan event

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Conceptual drawing of proposed widened sidewalks to accommodate seating. | PHOTO COURTESY OF DDP

DOVER – Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) invites
the public to hear firsthand accounts from the group that oversaw the creation of the downtown Dover master plan on Wednesday, March 22.

 “Over 800 individuals weighed in through surveys, stakeholder interviews, charettes and one-on-one meetings and provided input on really exciting possibilities for revitalizing downtown,” Todd Stonesifer, the president of the DDP Board, said in a statement.We want to be sure they and the entire community have the opportunity to see the results of their efforts.”

The new master plan calls for a number of mixed-use development projects that will bring hundreds of new residents to the centre of the city, as well as an 8,300 SF multi-modal parking hub, a grocery store, and several exciting placemaking opportunities like a riverwalk, an art walk, and an amphitheatre.

“We believe this plan will be a catalyst to spur investment and provide an opportunity to reactivate the downtown district,” said Greg Reaves, CEO and Co-founder of Mosaic Development Partners, JV. “With its key major anchors, beautiful historic character and programmable open spaces, there is so much to work with in Dover.”

“The plan also details the need for widened sidewalks to accommodate outdoor seating for restaurants,” said  Diane Laird, DDP executive director, said. “Outdoor seating is not only enjoyable, but it also puts more eyes on the street to reinforce and encourage positive activity.”

Members of the community including residents, business and property owners, investors, developers, and those interested the open position are invited and encouraged to learn more about the master plan on March 22 at 6 p.m. at Kent Levy Court, 555 S. Bay Road (Dover, DE). RSVP for the March 22 event at https://www.DowntownDover.com  

Aerial depiction of redeveloped properties. | PHOTO COURTESY OF DDP

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