Harrington schedules unveiling of downtown development plan

The city of Harrington will present a plan focusing on economic development for its downtown area this month after several months of planning and anticipation.

City Manager Teresa Tieman said, “It is our goal to improve our commercial vitality, stimulate job growth and build a more diverse array of businesses in our downtown area. Our mayor and city council would also like to see a stable community of long-term residents, increased home ownership and reduced vacant buildings in our downtown area.”

In order to accomplish these goals, Harrington has developed a plan with input from community stakeholders in the downtown district. Funding for the plan came from the State of Delaware’s Neighborhood Building Blocks Grant in 2015. KCI Technologies Inc. was hired by the city to complete the plan.

The plan will be unveiled April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Price Community Center located across City Hall at 103 Dorman St. Included in the plan are shared visions for the downtown area, economic development incentives and strategies to stimulate growth and development.

The public is strongly encouraged to attend this important meeting. The draft plan will be available for review and public comment from April 15 through May 19. Copies of the plan may be viewed at Harrington City Hall and Harrington Public Library. It will also be available for download on the city’s website at http://harrington.delaware.gov.

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