Dover planners OK application to build duplexes in city

DOVER — The city’s planning commission in a 5-0 vote approved an application Monday from a Coatesville, Pennsylvania, investment group to build three duplexes on Reed and South Kirkwood streets.

The duplexes, to be built by the MauTiste Investment Group, are to be located at 420 W. Reed St. and 105 and 107 S. Kirkwood St.

The properties are within the boundaries of the city’s Downtown Development District, making a variety of incentives available for construction projects that promote investment within the district.

They are also within the Restoring Central Dover study area.
MauTiste already has been designated to receive $96,411 from Gov. Jack Markell’s Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts program.

Both Restoring Central Dover and the Downtown Development District designations place a priority on improving housing and increasing home ownership.

The property at 420 W. Reed St. has on site an existing building formerly known as the Square Club and which is planned to be demolished by the applicant in preparation for redevelopment.

“It will replace that building with new housing that would help target home ownership,” said Ann Marie Townshend, the city’s planning director.

“That’s what made this project really appealing because that building has been an eyesore for a long time,” she said.

The planning commission also approved a site plan application to permit construction of a 48-unit senior garden apartment complex to be known as The Arbors Senior Garden Apartments at 1051 College Road in Dover.

The project consists of a proposed three-story 55,350-square-foot residential building and associated site improvements, including construction of an improved public street (Senior Way) on an existing right-of-way connecting College Road and Topaz Circle.

But residents had some concerns about connecting the two roads, stating that it will increase the traffic significantly in the area.

Commission member Dean Holden advised the residents to speak the Delaware Department of Transportation.

“That’s under DelDOT,” Mr. Holden said. “That’s going through entrance plan process, as DelDOT takes a look at the traffic and different traffic studies.

“They carry the ball at looking at this very important issue. They will have that knowledge. Your concerns are valid, but they are the ones who look at it.”

Chairman Fred Tolbert agreed.

“I’m in favor with the applicant and I’m fully aware of the concerns that the residents have,” Mr. Tolbert said.

“The applicant will work closely with the staff and DelDOT moving forward to help resolve any issues that residents may have.”

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