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Smyrna Prepares for a Growing Population

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SMYRNA, Del.- The town of Smyrna is rapidly growing.

"In the last 10 years we've more than doubled our population," said Town Manager David Hugg.

Hugg said council members are looking at ways to expand.

The ouncil could start with the town hall and the more than 150-year-old library.

"Maybe we ought to think about the next step at the evolution of this building. Should we expand it? Where should we expand it?" Hugg said. He added that one challenge is making sure the town is prepared for the influx of people.

"That's why I have so many utility projects under way, particularly North of Duck Creek. If you got off the highway at the north interchange and came down to Duck Creek, that whole area has no water and sewer and limited electric service and it's ripe for development," said Hugg.

Erika Fernandez said some of her co-workers moved to Smyrna for work.

"Dr. Maxwell from Gentle Touch Family Dentistry has his home office in Wilmington and saw the potential here in Smyrna and a few years ago opened an office here," Fernandez said.

Edward Fretz said he is hoping even more jobs come to the area.

"It's tough out there. I've worked all my life so it's not like it was back in the day. My parents are retired. It's not like it was back then. It's hard," said Fretz.

Hugg said he has faith that the economy is on the upswing.

"We have close to 1,000 houses that have preliminary approval. There's a 200-acre business park. There's things that we're preparing to be ready when the economy turn around and I see pretty positive signs in this area," Hugg said.

Hugg said these are some positive signs of great things to come for a rapidly growing town.

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