Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 4:57pm
Revitalization for New Castle's 9/13 corridor
Updated Friday, May 4, 2012 - 7:57am
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|NCCo Exec. Paul Clark discusses the plan|
The Routes 9 and 13 corridor has long been plagued by a high unemployment rate and vacant and blighted plant closings.
But a new grant to seeks to help the troubled area undergo an economic revitalization.
With a $40,000 federal grant matched by New Castle County, County Executive Paul Clark hopes to expand commerce and small business.
"If you want to do a little expansion, and it's $50,000 of permitted work, which isn't a lot in a small business, that means that Dad wants to add a little part for son to join the thing, or somebody wants to add a barber shop chair or beauty parlor, come talk to us. We will not reassess that property for three years," says Clark.
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The program is part of the "Sowing Seeds and Growing Jobs" plan, introduced in February, that also includes investments in sewers, libraries, and parks.
The County is also getting an additional $5,000 each from the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) and the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). The City of New Castle is giving $1,500 towards the revitalization.
The County will hire an economic development consultant to help further develop the plan, which is expected to be complete by December.
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