Congratulations to Historic Downtown Delaware for being named one of four 2019 “Great Neighborhoods” by the American Planning Association (APA). Each year for the past 12 years, APA has named specific neighborhoods, streets and public spaces as Great Places in America. These places make our communities strong and bring people together through good planning and good policy.
Preserving what makes Downtown Delaware special while encouraging revitalization and investment has made it a destination for residents and visitors. As part of this effort, the Sandusky Street Corridor became a designated National Register Historic District, which led the City Council to establish the Historic Preservation Commission. As a complement to retaining the existing character, the City invested local money and used State funding to further improve downtown by installing new streetlights and bricks and improving drainage and sidewalks. Over the years, many other efforts contributed to the success of the neighborhood. Today, ninety-five percent of Downtown’s commercial space is occupied and is expected to grow.
The Delaware Together process, an effort to create a new city-wide plan, is working to build on the great assets of Historic Downtown Delaware integrating the past into the current and future vision.
Come help the City celebrate its award-winning Historic Downtown on October 17th at The Patio, 2 S. Sandusky St. at Noon! A short program will be followed by a walking tour.