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Committees To Help Revitalize Downtown Dover and Surrounding Neighborhoods

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DOVER, Del. - The city of Dover is slowly changing.  

"I think Loockerman Street is the wave of the future," said Michael Harrington, Sr. of Harrington ERA Realty.

Harrington chairs a committee that helps with restoration of the west side of the city.

"There's a lot of area that is run down. Buildings are being torn down as we speak, so we're concentrating on a plan that will improve the west side of Dover," said Harrington.

Dover will see a new addition to downtown in the form of 12,000 square feet of retail space with more than 20 apartments above. Harrington says the Kunkel Service Auto Supply Store and an attached day care won't be impacted.

Committees are not just thinking about ways to revitalize downtown, but neighborhoods as well.

One committee will be responsible for doing a door-to-door survey about the quality of life, people's access to amenities, and their level of satisfaction.
 
William Tucker has lived along North New Street for four years and would like to see boarded up homes repaired. He also says he wants the crime cleaned up.
     
"I like to see the kids be more safe in my neighborhood. We have a neighborhood full of kids and I would like to see some of the homes that's boarded up, renovated so it could accommodate other people that don't have a place to live.
                     
"If you don't keep the heart of dover in good health than the entire city will fail," said Harrington.

Harrington says failing is not an option.

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