Legislators hear updates on projects spurred by state

MILFORD — State Reps. Charles Postles and Harvey Kenton joined Governor John Carney and other officials Monday, Oct. 23 for a walking tour in downtown Milford highlighting projects benefiting from state business and housing investments.

The Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund and the Downtown Development District Program (DDDP) are intended to strengthen Delaware communities by using state funds to spark private investment.

Strong Neighborhoods has used $8.25 million from bank settlements to leverage a total investment of $25.8 million, creating more than 180 new homes.

The DDDP’s $21.9 million state investment has led to $448 million in total private sector expenditures in eight Delaware downtown districts.

The walking tour in Milford included the new headquarters of architectural and engineering services firm, Davis, Bowen & Friedel; the Music School of Delaware; and the Bank House.

The delegation also visited a former branch of M&T Bank — in photo — at the corner of N. Walnut Street and N.E. Front Street. The building is under renovation to become a new Touch of Italy restaurant location — work that was partially facilitated by the DDDP. Another building on the southwest side of the intersection, once the site of Lou’s Bootery, is also being reconstructed using some DDDP funding.

Both projects are expected to be completed before the end of 2018, according to officials.

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