Restoring Central Dover

Neighborhood Planning and Revitalization

Restoring Central Dover Initiative

Adopted in 2014, Restoring Central Dover is a Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization Plan in motion. The Plan and its implementation is led by NCALL and a Steering Committee. The Plan represents our community’s vision for restoring the vitality of Central Dover and lists recommendations for implementation over the next 10 years. Resident input and priorities have been derived from a community survey, meetings, events, activities, and community outreach. The Plan offers a multitude of strategies for a Strong Community, Positive Development, and an Integrated Public Realm and Infrastructure.

Executive Summary

Strategic Plan

Coverage Area

Central Dover is composed of a number of distinct residential areas clustered around the historic Loockerman Street commercial corridor. The Plan Area is made up of 75 blocks which is roughly 393 acres in size. Some challenges include crime and the perception of safety, the socioeconomic conditions of residents, and major vacancies among land parcels and buildings. Nevertheless, the area possesses many assets upon which we can center our revitalization work.

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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meets monthly and provides strategic guidance for overall implementation and to the Work Groups.

  • Capital School District
  • CENDEL Foundation
  • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity
  • Central Dover Residents
  • City of Dover Planning Department
  • Delmarva Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Dover Federal Credit Union
  • Dover Housing Authority
  • Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing
  • Dover Police Department
  • Dover Presbyterian Church
  • Downtown Dover Partnership
  • Dover/Kent County MPO
  • HUD (Delaware Office)
  • Sankofa Cultural Arts Center
  • Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
  • Solid Rock Community Outreach Center
  • United Way
  • Wesley College
  • Wesley United Methodist Church

Work Groups

Six Restoring Central Dover Work Groups meet monthly to carry out the implementation work and each are centered around key goal areas of the Plan. Residents are invited to participate in any Work Group. See our model for collective impact via the Steering Committee and Work Groups.
  • Resident Engagement
  • Youth and Adult Services
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Transportation, Green Space, and Infrastructure
  • Safety

Work Completed or Underway

Provided below are a few highlights of some of the work as a result of the Plan.
  • New home construction by NCALL, CentralDE Habitat for Humanity, and MHDC
  • Two new Community Centers constructed (funded using NCALL as a Community Development Financial Institute (CDFI).
  • Annual Central Dover Community Fair
  • Central Dover Brush with Kindness Program
  • "Cleaning and Greening" Vacant Lots & Streets
  • Designated "Play Streets" for safe play areas
  • Neighborhood Safety Groups and Improved Street Lighting
  • Healthy Community Dinners in Partnership with Kent Kids
  • Ice House Entrepreneur Program led by the Delmarva Black Chamber of Commerce
  • And so much more!