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A year of growth in central Delaware

Editor’s Note: Growth in Central Delaware is a feature of the Delaware State News that appears on Mondays. The Delaware State News will share news and information on new business and community projects.

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The list of construction, renovation and expansion projects that made up Growth in Central Delaware this past year was quite varied. From schools and businesses, to infrastructure and new housing, there’s been growth in all four corners of Kent County.

•Redner’s Warehouse Market — Camden — A 48,000-square-foot, full-service grocery store with fuel pumps similar to the north Dover store on Salt Creek Drive.

•Cheddar’s Casual Cafe — Camden — The restaurant is on the southbound side of U.S. 13 at the intersection with Lochmeath Way in Camden.

•Milford Food Bank — Milford — Located off of Airport Road, the 8,000-square-foot expansion nearly doubled the size of the previously existing structure.

•Akridge Scout Reservation — Dover — The site will serve as the third camping site owned by the Boy Scouts of America’s Del-Mar-Va Council on the peninsula and the first scout camping facility in Delaware. It will be the peninsula-wide headquarters when construction is complete.

•Polytech High School — Woodside — A 60,000-square-foot addition and classroom renovations. The expansion will provide state-of-the-art classrooms for the school’s electronics, TV and radio, JROTC, and computer programs, as well as a multi-purpose room for sports practice and other functions.

•Old Kent County Courthouse — Dover — A renovation project to a building on The Green in downtown Dover that’s been serving the state since 1874. A $14 million project that created new office space for the Chancery Court, Attorney General’s Office and Administrative Office of the Courts. The law library was relocated there and Courtroom number one was part of the renovation.

•Sidewalk upgrades — Dover — The upgrades included pedestrian safety and access improvements, beginning on the eastern edge of The Green and running east, immediately north of the Old State House and then Margaret O’Neil Building to Federal Street.

•Serenity Place — Dover — The new “no-frills” facility is a 5,900-square-foot, two story, steel building. The layout is designed for maximum space-use efficiency and nearly all materials used will be non-combustible.

•Bayard Pharmacy LLC — Dover — A family-owned independent pharmacy with more than 20 years of pharmaceutical experience on Loockerman Street in the first floor of Bayard Plaza.

•Grotto Pizza — Dover — The 16,000-square-foot restaurant opened in the location that was formally Atlantic Books, 1159 N. DuPont Highway.

•Intersection improvements — Kent County — The intersection of South State Street and Sorghum Mill Road needed safety and operational improvements. The most significant upgrade was the north and south left turn lanes on Sorghum Mill Road. There was also signal upgrades and corner sidewalk improvements.

•Legion Ambulance Station 64 — Smyrna — A new 14,000-square-foot building that can house six vehicles. It also has a separate sleeping quarters for male and female EMS workers, a full kitchen, a boardroom, a fitness room, administrative offices and an Education Training/Meeting Room on the second floor.

•Race Track Car Wash — Dover — The car wash underwent a major renovation. In addition to all new wiring, painting, plumbing and lighting, the facility reuses 85 to 90 percent of its water with a multi-containered recycled water system that removes dirt. The revamped automatic wash is able to run 150 vehicles an hour.

•A new pivot irrigation system — Fifer Orchards — Camden/Wyoming — The new system will allow for a higher product yield. It’s providing water to about 250 acres of fields.

•Painted Stave Distilling — Smyrna — The distillery moved into the old Smyrna Theater at 106 W. Commerce St. in downtown Smyrna. The 6,300-square-foot theater, which opened in 1948, had been vacant for five years. It is the only standalone distillery in the state to make gin, vodka, whiskey and brandy.

•DelTech Science Lab — Dover — A 4,178-square-foot expansion project that includes biology and chemistry labs.

•Hartly Family Learning Center — Hartly — The 6,400-square-feet facility includes classrooms, a large multi-purpose room, a full kitchen, a computer and community resource room and offices.

•Kaizen Karate and Cross Fit Dover — Dover — The sharing of a 12,000-square-foot space in the Enterprise Business Park off Del. 8 in Dover.

•MedExpress — Dover — A patient-centered, full-service, neighborhood health care facility treating illnesses and injuries for all ages in the Edgehill Shopping Center.

•Royal Farms — Dover — Located on Saulsbury Road, the business was built on vacant land. Intersection and water drainage system improvements were needed for construction to be completed.

•Redner’s Warehouse Market — Dover — Opening in the location previously occupied by Super Fresh in the Greentree Shopping Center on Del. 8.

•Odd Fellows Cafe — Smyrna — A restaurant serving fresh farm to table meals in the town’s historic district.

•Intersection improvements — Milford — An overpass currently under construction at the intersection of Del.1 and Del. 30 (Wilkins Road/Cedar Neck Road). This project will enhance safety and preserve capacity along the Del. 1 corridor.

•Frear Building — Dover — A Wesley College project that will allow for at least five new classrooms for the school’s nursing program in the 36,000-square-foot building.

•Liquor license — Governors Cafe — Dover — A business expansion that includes a dinner menu, longer hours and the ability to serve alcohol.

•Road repaving — Dover — A DelDOT project along Loockerman Street from Forrest Avenue (Del. 8) to South DuPont Highway (U.S. 13). This nearly two-mile stretch of road is one part of a larger DelDOT pavement and rehabilitation project taking place in Dover. The repaving of State College Road last summer marked the beginning of the project. Other streets include sections of Forrest Avenue, Division Street, Water Street, Governors Avenue and Walker Road. Work on Governors Avenue began Tuesday night. Work includes concrete ramps placed on curbs, traffic signal improvements and new road striping.

•Tractor Supply Company — Milford — The store is at 609B N. DuPont Blvd. in Milford. The building used to be home to a Superfresh.

•Green Turtle Sports Bar Grille — Dover — Delaware’s fourth location at 391 N. DuPont Highway.

•Copper Run Apartments — Southeast of Cheswold — a multi-family apartment complex consisting of 204 housing units in a total of six buildings. It will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom market-rate apartment units ranging in size from 880 to 1,300 square feet.

•Advanced Auto Parts — north Dover — a retail auto parts store with 3,900 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

•Boating access area — Collins Beach — Work included pavement repairs, resurfacing of the lower parking lot and entrance road, re-striping with accessible parking delineation, and stabilization of the shoreline adjacent to the boat ramp with rip-rap.

•Biggs Museum — Dover — A three-year project to expand the museum and renovate the building. The first two phases of construction, the museum added 50 percent more gallery space, state-of-the art lighting, new flooring, new paint, expanded object storage facilities, improved spaces for academic study and experiential learning, and a new research library to house the museum’s 3,000 volume collection of books. Phase three of the construction project will replace the glass entrance facade to create a three-story sculpture atrium.

•Road paving of Village of Westover — Dover — The paving will bring the road level to the height of the manhole covers and stormwater drains at the base of the concrete curbing.

•Home2Suites Hotel — Dover — The 55,000-square-foot extended stay hotel, 222 S. DuPont Highway, will feature 91 suites with kitchenettes, including eight one-bedroom suites.

•Dover Garden Suites — Dover — A luxury garden hotel lodging on the corner of Martin Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

•Natural gas pipeline — Dover — An Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company project that runs 11 miles of pipeline from Blackbird-Greenspring Road north of Clayton to Fork Branch Road south of Cheswold.

•Shore Speed Indoor Adventure Arena — Milford — Located at 971 E. Masten Circle. Shore Speed is located in a 40,000 square-foot building. Inside there is a timed quarter-mile indoor race track that uses electric cars that can reach speeds of 45 miles an hour, an indoor rock wall, and an arcade with prizes.

•Harvest Ridge Winery — Marydel — The farmland was purchased in 2005 and the first vines were planted in 2011. Featured wines included Viognier, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, and Chambourcin, and several varieties of fruit wines.

•Halpern Eye Care — Milford — A 12,000-square-foot, two-story medical professional center off of Airport Road that includes a 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Halpern Eye Center. There is a 1,500-square-foot suite available on the ground floor.

•The Grande — Dover — The construction of a third building that will have 48 apartment homes at a 55+ community. When completed there will be a mix of one-, two-and three-bedroom apartments, with elevator access.

•Heron Run Apartments — Smyrna — The acquisition and rehabilitation of Heron Run Apartments, a 40-unit affordable apartment community. The was the new construction of a multipurpose building, equipped with a meeting room, kitchen and business center. Site improvements included parking lot replacement, ADA accessibility, new exterior lighting, landscaping and playground.

•CR Plaza — Camden — Located on the southeast corner of the intersection at North Main Street (U.S. 13A) and Old North Road, the plaza has two buildings facing Main Street — one building is 9,200 square feet and the other is 2,400 square feet.

•DelDOT maintenance yard — north of Smyrna between Del. 1 and U.S. 13 — The 9,600-square-foot building can hold 6,000 tons of salt.

•El Coqui — Little Heaven — The family-run restaurant, 7821 Bay Road (Del. 1), will be owned and operated by Alexandra Torres and will be serving Mexican, Puerto Rican and American food.

•Public Safety Emergency Services — Dover — The 15-year-old, 16,334-square-foot building is undergoing extensive infrastructure upgrades to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, an upgrade to all internal computer and phone cable, and a parking lot expansion with security enhancements.

•AMC Museum entrance — Dover — The project consists of a new gate that meets current Air Force standards for security and moves the gate away from the runway clear zone.

•Camden Crossing — Camden — A 9,900-square-foot neighborhood strip shopping mall located at the northwest corner of U.S. 13 and Lochmeath Way.

•Building 639 — Dover Air Force Base — The entire floor plan of this two-story, 35,000-square-foot facility will be redesigned to maximize space. When complete the 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 436th Contracting Squadrons and the local Air Force Office of Special Investigations will occupy the space.

•New roof for the Smyrna-Clayton Boys Girls Club — Smryna — Located at 240 E. Commerce St., the program is run out of an 80-year-old building that used to house the Delaware National Guard Armory.

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