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Dover Hoping to Re-Open Closed Section of State Street Following Facade Demolition

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Workers begin demolition of the facade of 304 S. State Street. Workers begin demolition of the facade of 304 S. State Street.

DOVER, Del.- The City of Dover is hoping to have a closed section of South State Street re-opened following the removal of a damaged facade along a building that suffered exterior damage roughly two weeks ago.

City Planning Director Dave Hugg said the owner of the property began working on demolishing the facade of 304 South State St. on Tuesday. Bricks began falling from the building on Oct. 20, prompting the fire marshal to condemn the property and the street's closure.

"Once the at-risk part is removed then the roadway can be re-opened and at least half of the sidewalk," he said.

At a meeting Tuesday night, Dover City Council members voted to require the facade be removed within 10 days, Nov. 15. 

Re-opening the street could not come soon enough, according to some business owners and motorists who frequent the downtown area.

Tom Smith, manager of the Delaware Store on South State Street, said the road closure and detours around the area had brought business to a halt, despite signs saying businesses are open and accessible from the sidewalk.

"The street closing has been detrimental to our business---as in we have no business," he said.

Dina Vendetti of Kent County said the detours are confusing for drivers and pedestrians alike.

"Depending on which direction you're coming from, you can't always tell it's open," she said. "Some times it looks like it's totally blocked."

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