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Dover Inches Toward Possible Duncan Center Deal

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DOVER, Del.- Dover City Council members could soon have an initial purchase agreement on the Duncan Center ready for their consideration, city officials said Monday.

City Manager Donna Mitchell said she is awaiting the results of an environmental report regarding the six-story office building and a review of legal documents related to the possible deal.

"We have to make sure the bank is going to be in agreement. I'm just trying to make sure every one is on the same page," she said.

Mitchell said the city recently received an appraisal of the building for $10 million. It's unclear what price tag has been discussed between the city and the sellers, given that the council has discussed the matter behind closed doors in executive session.

Council members were initially set to discuss the matter on Monday night in executive session, though Mitchell late last week requested it be removed while she awaits the results of the environmental study.

Supporters of the move believe moving city hall from its current location on Loockerman Plaza to the Duncan Center, located at 500 West Loockerman Street could benefit the west side of the downtown area.

The current city hall was built decades ago while the Duncan Center was built in 2004.

Dover Councilman Roy Sudler said he supports buying the Duncan Center for the "right price" and noted that the city's existing hall struggles with ADA compliance.

"I think it would be great for economic development and growth to see that we are investing in all aspects of downtown and not just where the library is," he said.

Still, some people in Dover question whether the move is necessary.

Thomas Bralow of Dover said he thinks the city ought to keep city hall where it is, unless there is a pressing reason to move it.

"Why move it?" he said. "Save some money."

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