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Dover Lists Old Library For Potential Sale

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DOVER, Del. - Dover council members voted this week to have a private real estate firm list its former library property for sale.

The property, which the city said was appraised at more than $1.6 million, has been unused since the opening of the current public library. Council motioned on Monday for the property to be considered as surplus and it will be listed for a potential sale.

Mayor Robin Christiansen said the city has already gotten offers in the past about the property, including from Wesley College, but there could be a wider range of suitors following the listing.

"We'll have to see what's in the best interest of the city of Dover and our vision for revitalizing downtown," he said, noting that the property could be used for a variety of purposes.

Although the property could be completely redeveloped, Christiansen noted that it is usable and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city manager says mayor and council can act on any written offer, but that process could take months.

Council members were divided when they voted to put the property up for listing, with some saying they want to see a more concrete plan for it.

Councilman David Anderson said the city needs to make sure there is a solid plan for the property and that offers from community groups or nonprofits are considered, not just the most expensive ones from private firms.

"If we have the proper partnerships it could take care of a lot of problems downtown that will make all of downtown more valuable, more livable and help it flourish," he said.

Some people, like Gowens Williams, a Dover resident, have suggested the property might have value in the hands of the city or a group that would help the needy.

"You've got an empty building you can use, do a little bit of upgrades. Get the homeless of the street," he said.

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