House of Pride to transfer properties to city of Dover

DOVER — The city of Dover announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that it and the House of Pride have signed a contract for the transfer of four properties from the nonprofit to the city.

City Council unanimously approved to agreement at a Sept. 14 meeting.

House of Pride, a nonprofit that has been a fixture in the Dover community since 1989, provides drug and alcohol addiction counseling and transitional housing for troubled men.

The properties are located at 105, 106, 110 and 115 South New Street in Dover. Two of the parcels have structures on them (105 and 115) and the other two are vacant lots.

“This is a win-win for both, the city of Dover and House of Pride,” said city manager Scott Koenig in the release.

He said Dover will work with the Downtown Dover Partnership, NCALL and other partners in downtown redevelopment “to ensure the future use of these properties to further our goals of affordable homeownership, economic development and overall revitalization of Downtown Dover.

“It is important for us to continue to focus on the same vision and work together.”

He also said that it would allow House of Pride to further its mission.

Apostle Marion Lott, executive director of the House of Pride, said in the release, “This comes at a good time for us. This will aid us in reducing our overall debt and give us the needed cash flow to complete other renovations.

“The transfer of these properties does not displace any members of the House of Pride as other accommodations were made when necessary.”

Mr. Lott said House of Pride will continue to serve “the underprivileged and assist our community where we can.“

The Restoring Central Dover Initiative is led by NCALL with a steering committee made up of stakeholders throughout the community with the goal toward economic development, increasing homeownership and keeping neighborhoods safe.

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