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Sussex County Approves Plan to Complement Downtown Development District Program

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- Sussex County is making its own down payment on a plan to help lift rejuvenate Delaware’s towns and cities.

Sussex County Council has agreed to set up a matching local incentive program that will complement Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts initiative.

The initiative provides rebates of up to twenty percent of construction costs for qualifying residential, commercial and industrial redevelopment projects in designated districts throughout the state.

So far, eight communities have been awarded designations, including Georgetown, Laurel, Milford and Seaford in Sussex County.

According to the Council, the program’s aim is to redevelop Delaware’s commercial business districts by encouraging and driving private investment in the hearts of towns and cities, some of which have seen their city centers fade in recent decades as new developments have shifted elsewhere.

Sussex County will join the effort by providing a fifty percent match (up to $10,000) to any state grant for eligible and approved projects in the designated Sussex districts. The County will set aside $100,000 in funding from realty transfer tax reserves for the grants.

County Council President said the County is proud to be a partner in the program, which has already helped attract a multi-million-dollar water front residential development project in Seaford. “Economic development is everyone’s business: the State, the County, and the towns,” President Vincent said. “Sussex County needs to be at the table with our partners to help leverage those private dollars that invest in our communities and make them stronger.”

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