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Downtown Dover Gets a Facelift

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DOVER, Del. - Downtown Dover is changing and many people who frequent the area say it has been a long time coming.

"In this economy I think any new development helps people's morale and it helps the economy in general," said Shankara Subramanian who works in downtown Dover.

Three projects are under way to help bolster the area.

City leaders received $3 million from the state to build new sidewalks, repave streets, put utilities underground and more.

A new plaza is being built along Loockerman Street that will open up a walkway from North Street.

"Our partnership had to buy the land. it was a vacant piece of property, buildings had been torn down. when the market was doing well, a project never occurred so we bought them to consolidate the projects," said Greg Moore, president of Downtown Dover Partnership.

Moore says the projects will improve the vibe of downtown.

"This is a project that can truly transform the downtown. I think it can bolster the businesses that are here," said Ann Marie Townshend, director of planning and development for the City of Dover.

Terry Barnes agrees. She relocated her bridal business to Loockerman street because of the potential for growth.

"I was excited and impressed with the all of the activity and the growth down here, and what the downtown Dover Partnership and the City of Dover has been doing," said Barnes, owner of Amore Bridal.

Barnes said she believes the finished projects will bring more people downtown.

The new plaza is expected to be completed sometime this month.    

Moore said construction on North Street should be finished in November, as well as those extra parking spaces.

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