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Firm to Release Seaford Conceptual Plan for Downtown

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Many in Seaford believe the Nanticoke River should be a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts. (Photo: WBOC) Many in Seaford believe the Nanticoke River should be a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts. (Photo: WBOC)

SEAFORD, Del.- For many in western Sussex County, downtown Seaford has never been the same since the Dupont Nylon factory shut its doors. Thousands of jobs were lost, devastating the economy of the city.

Now all these years later, the city has regained some positive momentum, and is trying to move forward with a conceptual plan for the downtown area. Community Design Solutions, a consulting firm from South Carolina, will be presenting its suggestions for the conceptual plan at a public meeting Thursday night. The meeting is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Seaford City Hall. 

"There's a lot of good things going on," said Trisha Newcomer, the economic development and IT manager for the city. "A lot here in Seaford. And this is just an example of these things. And for us to participate in the process has been phenomenal. We're excited to see what can come of that."

The firm was paid for through a USDA grant, but the city has committed $20,000 from next year's budget toward the implementation of a portion of the suggestions. According to Newcomer, that could include facade improvements, landscaping, architecture, and even the re-purposing of vacant buildings. The firm held a public meeting on Tuesday, in order to receive input from people in the city. It also held a merchant meeting on Wednesday to hear from the business community.

Lifelong resident Jordan Roach said that he wanted the city to address the problem of vacant and dilapidated buildings in the downtown area. 

"I just really hope to see them fix this up," he said. "Make it look presentable for people who don't know who we are. Put us on the map."

Others like Timothy TImmons, a contractor working for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, said that the city should build the downtown area around the Nanticoke River. 

"I'd really like to see a lot done with the Nanticoke out here," he said. "I mean - it's a nice view. A lot of places in Seaford. You get a nice view of the Nanticoke."

In a separate project, construction is already underway at the Residences at River Place, which will include apartments, offices, and commercial units. This project was partially funded by state money, through the Downtown Development District grant program.

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