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Plans to Redevelop Old Playtex Plant in Dover Moving Forward

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DOVER, Del. -- Plans to replace the former Playtex plant off U.S. Route 13 in Dover with a shopping center are moving forward, city officials said.

Dawn Melson-Williams, the city's chief planner, said the initial plan for the 65,000 square feet development had received conditional approval from the planning and zoning commission. The proposal calls for construction of a shopping center called Capital Station that would be anchored by an Aldi Grocery store, according to city documents.

A lawyer for the developer, Whitewood Capital Advisors, said a deal was being finalized between a grocery store chain but would not confirm if it was Aldi, though he acknowledged renderings of Capital Station identified the planned anchor store at the shopping center. He also said a coffee shop chain, numerous retail businesses, and restaurants have expressed interest in coming to the planned shopping center.

Mayor Robin Christiansen said he had assisted the developer in negotiations to bring Aldi to Dover. The supermarket chain recently opened a store in Camden and its rival business Lidl is planning to open a store in Dover.

"Once it's built out there's going to be quite a few number of stores, providing local employees, local Doverites with jobs that are much needed in our city," he said.

Some Dover residents said they believe the new shopping center would be a positive addition to the area and remove an eyesore in the former Playtex plant.

"It would be nice to turn it into something that you'd have another place to go into and shop in," said Penny Moyer, who lives in the nearby Luther Towers apartment complex.

The plan still needs many regulatory approvals from both the city and state. The former plant is a brownfield site.

If plans move forward without delays, the developer expects to finish demolition of the existing buildings at the beginning of next year and potentially finish construction in Fall 2018.

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