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Dover City Council Considers Renaming Division Street

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DOVER, Del.- Dover is the only state capital in the country without a road named after Martin Luther King Jr.

Many people are in agreement the city should pay homage to King in some way, but some say changing the streets signs is not the best way to do so.

Vernon Ingram has run Delaware Auto Service on Division Street for more than 50 years. If the Dover City Council votes yes to a proposal to rename Division Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard, Ingram said it is going to cost him a lot of money to get a new address for the same place.

"There's no way I can put an exact dollar figure on it," Ingram said. "There's so many different things that we have to do but when you start changing all of your stationary and doing everything. And when you've worked at one place and had one address all these years."

The city will also have to invest in the changes. They expect to spend nearly $10,000 to buy and hang new street signs, along with other costs that have yet to be determined.

"There will be a lot of staff time that hasn't been quantified but we're going to have to change all of our property records," said Ann Marie Townshend with the city. "Our tax office is going to have to go through and re-address all of the properties."

Some said Ingram has a point but that it is more important to rename Division Street after King.

"If you choose to keep your business here then, yeah you've got to go ahead and take that on the chin, it might turn out for the better," said Brodie Washington.

Ingram said he is all for honoring King but does not want to lose Division Street.

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