PRESS RELEASE: NCALL to Demolish Vacant, Boarded-Up Properties in Downtown Dover
For Immediate Release – May 10, 2018: NCALL to Demolish Vacant, Boarded-Up Properties in Downtown Dover.
Contact: Joe Myer, Executive Director (302) 678-9400, or jmyer @ ncall.org
Dover, Delaware – On May 14, 2018, NCALL will begin demolishing nine vacant and boarded-up properties in downtown Dover. NCALL recently purchased these properties using Strong Neighborhoods Housing Funds awarded by Delaware State Housing Authority (DHSA). Five of these properties stand side by side on a single block of North Kirkwood Street. Two others are on S. Queen. The remaining two are on S. Kirkwood and will be developed by Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity (CDHFH).
Joe Myer, executive director of NCALL, said “this is an unprecedented move to eliminate blight in our downtown and to create new and attractive for sale housing to truly meet our goals for Restoring Central Dover.” Most were known nuisance properties, magnets for crime and illegal activity and their eradication has been greeted with relief by neighborhood residents. The lots will be redeveloped in the near future and then sold to qualifying homebuyers. Both NCALL and CDHFH are focusing efforts on specific blocks to ensure maximum impact of their investment. Mr. Myer added “in a relatively small area, this concentration of demolition and revitalization will have a major impact on the look of the community, the perception of downtown Dover, and the pride of those who have already invested in and continue to remain in the neighborhood.” NCALL and CDHFH received a joint award of $1 million in Strong Neighborhood Housing Funds to redevelop 20 properties in Central Dover.
“This initiative will help transform blighted blocks and revitalize the entire look and fabric of downtown Dover,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi. “We are pleased to help support our partners NCALL and Habitat through the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund and look forward to continuing this work in the future.”
NCALL is the lead agency of Restoring Central Dover a comprehensive community development effort comprised of over 20 different organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, businesses, institutions, and residents. Utilizing a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grant, the Restoring Central Dover Plan was adopted in 2014 and identifies strategies to create a strong community, positive development and an integrated public realm. Restoring Central Dover was instrumental in the City of Dover receiving the Downtown Development District (DDD) designation in 2015 and access to new revitalization resources. The Executive Summary and full Plan may be found at www.ncall.org/restoring-central-dover
NCALL is a state-wide, Dover based, nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization. Services provided include housing development which has resulted in the creation of 50 affordable housing apartment communities leveraging in total $124,382,483. Single family housing development is a new area of focus that has produced four units with an additional 14 lots to be developed in the near future. NCALL is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and has helped 8,600 households become first time homebuyers. It is also s a charter member of the NeighborWorks America network of housing and community development organizations. A full array of consumer housing services is offered including first time homebuyer counseling, financial literacy classes and coaching, and foreclosure prevention services. NCALL is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lending to affordable housing and community development projects and its Loan Fund has originated $120 million in loans. Both urban and rural areas are targeted – in line with NCALL’s mission – with an emphasis on low-income households at or below 80% of area median income who face housing and financial challenges.
Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity (CDHFH) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world. CDHFH works to transform lives and revitalize Kent County communities by building and repairing quality homes in partnership with families in need. Since 1990, CDHFH has built and renovated more than 50 homes, housing more than 200 adults and children. Through this homeowner partnership, families are able to achieve their dreams of homeownership and break the cycle of poverty. To learn more about CDHFH’s programs, please visit our website at http://centraldelawarehabitat.org