Community Notice to Discuss Partial Redevelopment of Concord Plaza

Below is some information from Councilman Bob Weiner on an upcoming community meeting.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 6:00pm

Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Dear community leaders and friends,

Please share this important information with your neighbors and friends. 

 I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting on September 15, 2016 in the Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, so that we as a community can learn about the redevelopment of Concord Plaza.  As you may know, the Buccini-Pollin Group, which owns the Concord Plaza office park on Silverside Road, near Concord Pike, intends to redevelop a portion of Concord Plaza in order to convert a portion of the office park nearest to Concord Pike into a more pedestrian-friendly and contemporary mixed-use village. (Artistic rendering embedded below)

 The applicant’s attorney, Larry Tarabicos, described the plan to us at our last community meeting as follows: The Buccini-Pollin Group intends to convert approximately 185,000 square feet of existing decades old office space into 312 apartments; 26,500 square feet of retail space; and a new state-of-the-art 54,000 square foot signature office building. The overall project involves demolishing approximately 8 of the existing buildings and replacing them with luxury apartments (including numerous amenities for the residents), atop specialty retail, restaurants, cafes; as well as the signature office building. Approximately 370,000 square feet of existing office buildings will remain; making this community a fully integrated and diverse mixed-use village, with many amenities, services, and pedestrian enhancements for the residents and employees of this community. The project continues to weave its way through the land development approval process.

 Concord Plaza is zoned “Office Regional” aka “OR”. The proposed partial redevelopment plan is consistent with the current zoning category; and no County Council rezoning vote is required. As such, New Castle County Council’s authority is limited to reviewing the Redevelopment Plan, to assure that the plan is consistent with all applicable state and county requirements, including adequacy of infrastructure and traffic capacity.

Traffic improvements must be required when there are substantially increased burdens on existing roads and intersections. If the State does not plan to invest in those improvements in the near term, the developer must.  Redevelopment policy cannot ignore this core principle.

County Council relies upon the professional guidance of the New Castle County Land Use Department. The State Department of Transportation Traffic Study is also scrutinized. If the plan conforms with the legal requirements, County Council must approve the re-subdivision plan.

 The applicant anticipates bringing the project before New Castle County Council within the next couple of months for a public hearing.

 The entire review process…undertaken by New Castle County Land Use Department professional land use and transportation planners…as well as the subsequent County Council hearing…engages the public. As such, public input is welcome and encouraged.

 Below is a short description of the project found on the New Castle County website at: http://www3.nccde.org/project/details/default.aspx?ProjectKey=530976

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Information on all applications is available for public review in the Land Use Department, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, Corporate Commons, New Castle, DE, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. 302-395-5510  Alternatively, you can obtain more information by contacting my office at lhinkle@nccde.org , at bob@bobweiner.com

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Greenfest 5 2016 – Brandywine School District’s Community Recycling Event

Here is some information on Greenfest 5 – Brandywine School District’s Community Recycling Event to be held on Saturday, August 27th 8AM to 2PM at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School.

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Greenfest-5-2016

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Reminder-Christina River Watershed Cleanup-Saturday, April 9th

2016CRWC-Postings---Naamans-1Reminder:  This Saturday, April 9th is the Christina River Cleanup. You can register online at CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG

Here is your opportunity to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup! Make a difference by spending a little time along the Naamas Creek!

This year’s Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. The Naamans Watershed group will meet at 8 AM behind Sweeney’s in the F&N Shopping Center.  Hope you will be able to participate.

Below is a summary of our cleanup last year.

In 2015 the Naamans Creek contingent pulled out over 2 tons of trash from the stream and surroundings. This trash included car tires, shopping carts, and wire and wooden fencing.  Most of the material was plastic bags and bottles, soda and beer cans and newspaper circulars.

Eighty (80) volunteers cleaned 16 different sites in our watershed. County Councilman John Cartier participated in the cleanup. We had groups of volunteers from the Boy Scouts, First Unitarian Church, the DuPont Company, Ursuline Academy, and the Claymont Falcons.  Local Councilman Cartier and businesses including Harry’s, Sweeneys, Nino’s, Rite Aid, F&N Liquors, Acme, Safeway and GotJunk participated in funding the Cleanup expenses and the lunch at the end of the Cleanup.

Besides the cleanup we are trying to improve the flow of water through the watershed and health of surrounding areas by targeting areas of invasive plants for elimination and planting attractive species in floodplain areas.

For more information and to register online, visit: CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG or call (302) 307-2757 to register.

Here are some flyers to share with your neighbors and friends:

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 4

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 3

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 2

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Household Hazardous Waste / Electronic Goods / Paper Shredding Events

Here is a Collection Event Flyer of upcoming recycling events throughout the State held by the DSWA (Delaware Solid Waste Authority).

Household Hazardous Waste – Household Hazardous Waste- Product containers marked with words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive.” For example; household cleaners, garden pesticides, oil-based paints only (no latex paint will be accepted), nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze.

Electronic Goods Recycling – Electronic equipment such as, old computers, printers, CD players, microwaves, telephones, televisions, game boys, fax machines, answering machines, and VCRs.

Paper Shredding  Residents can bring up to 2 file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records). Papers with staples or paper clips are accepted.

All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine.

 

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Bringing Nature Home to YOUR Yard

Bringing Nature Home to YOUR Yard
Lecture & Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 30th

Time: 9 am – 12noon

Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Road, Wilmington, DE 19810

Schedule

9-9:15 am Registration, Coffee and light refreshments
9:15-9:30 Welcome and Overview – Marianne Cinaglia, Exective Director, NCWA
9:30-10 Creating a Backyard Habitat – Elaine Schmerling, Habitat Steward, DE Nature Society
10-10:30 Watch Out for These Plants – Greg Gagliano, Red Tail Restoration and Land Mgmt.
10:30-11 Incorporating Native plants into your Plant Design – Beth Stark, Goodstay Gardens & Landscape Designer
11-noon Workshop Choices: Choose One or All!

  • Tree Planting with Councilman John Cartier (3 plantings: 11:10, 11:30, 11:40) – learn proper tree planting technique and bring wildlife to Trinity Presbyterian Church! Elaine Schmerling/Carol Larson

  • Design with Native plants: – bring photos, surveys, and/or sketches and let us make suggestions! Beth Stark and Carol Larson, Arden Forest Chair

  • Plant Identification – Not sure if you have good native plants or invasive weeds? Bring photos or plants samples (if abundant – do NOT pick rare plants) for identification. Greg Gagliano/Elaine Schmerling

  • Introduction to Backyard Composting – make your own black gold! Hetty Francke, Master Composter

    Cost: No charge! Thanks to our generous sponsors. But…please RSVP!
    RSVP: Carol Shumway, 302 475-6493 or twoshums@aol.com

Co-sponsored by:
Naaman’s Creek Watershed Association (NCWA)
Trinity Presbyterian Church Stewards of the Earth
Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH)

Photograph: Douglas Tallamy

Photograph: Douglas Tallamy

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2016 Governor’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Awards Nomination

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEER TODAY!

Volunteer DelawareNominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Awards are now being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism. This is a wonderful way to recognize the impact Delaware’s youth volunteers, 18 and younger, have on their communities through volunteerism. Award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony on May 19, 2016 at Polytech Adult Education Conference Center.

Individuals and groups volunteering in the following service categories will be chosen; Arts/Culture, Community Service, Education, Environment, Health and Special Needs, Human Needs, Public Safety, Social Justice/Advocacy.  Nominees must have volunteered the hours during the 2015-2015 school calendar year.  Nomination packets must be delivered to the State Office of Volunteerism by Friday, April 8, 2016.

Why Nominate?

  • These awards are a wonderful way to capture and highlight all the ways our young people are contributing and giving back to Delaware.
  • Winners receive a framed certificate and picture of them accepting the award.
  • Winners and their organizations are highlighted in press releases and social media.
  • Great way to highlight school and community organizations accomplishments throughout the State of Delaware

If you have any questions, or would like us to review your packet before submission, please contact April Willey by email @april.willey@state.de.us or by calling her at 302-857-5006.

Here is the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Youth Awards Nomination Form.

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup – Saturday April 9th

2016CRWC-Postings---Naamans-1Here is your opportunity to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup! Make a difference by spending a little time along the Naamas Creek!

This year’s Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. The Naamans Watershed group will meet at 8 AM behind Sweeney’s in the F&N Shopping Center.  Hope you will be able to participate.

Below is a summary of our cleanup last year.

In 2015 the Naamans Creek contingent pulled out over 2 tons of trash from the stream and surroundings. This trash included car tires, shopping carts, and wire and wooden fencing.  Most of the material was plastic bags and bottles, soda and beer cans and newspaper circulars.

Eighty (80) volunteers cleaned 16 different sites in our watershed. County Councilman John Cartier participated in the cleanup. We had groups of volunteers from the Boy Scouts, First Unitarian Church, the DuPont Company, Ursuline Academy, and the Claymont Falcons.  Local Councilman Cartier and businesses including Harry’s, Sweeneys, Nino’s, Rite Aid, F&N Liquors, Acme, Safeway and GotJunk participated in funding the Cleanup expenses and the lunch at the end of the Cleanup.

Besides the cleanup we are trying to improve the flow of water through the watershed and health of surrounding areas by targeting areas of invasive plants for elimination and planting attractive species in floodplain areas.

For more information and to register online, visit: CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG or call (302) 307-2757 to register.

Here are some flyers to share with your neighbors and friends:

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 4

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 3

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 2

 

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State Attorney General’s Office-Ombudsperson for the Common Interest Community

A new State Office was formed under Attorney General Matt Denn last year. It is called The Ombudperson for the Common Interest Community.

This office was formed to help both civic associations and maintenance corporations resolve disputes.

The contact information for this office is:

Christopher Curtin
Deputy Attorney General
302-577-6499

Here is the link to Common Interest Community Ombudsperson

For future reference, we also placed a link on our Resource Page under the State of Delaware subhead.

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North Claymont Area Master Plan

Below is an invitation to Community Leaders from WILMAPCO regarding the
North Claymont Area Master Plan

Dear Community Leader:

I am writing to encourage your participation in the North Claymont Area Master Plan. On November 23, we invite you to take part in a focus group interview, along with community and business leaders such as yourself, to provide early input on your concerns and ideas for this important plan. The focus group will be held in the Darley House (3701 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703) at 6 p.m. and should last approximately one hour.

The North Claymont Plan is being developed to assess the potential for a mixed use residential, commercial and industrial area designed to promote economic activity, make public transit successful, walking and bicycling convenient and safe, and provide for a vibrant, livable community. You may learn more about the project at www.wilmapco.org/NCAMP.

WILMAPCO is developing the Plan in partnership with New Castle County, Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation (CRDC), Delaware state agencies (Office of State Planning Coordination, DelDOT, DART, DNREC, and DECO), and the Claymont community. Your participation in a November 23 focus group interview will help the planning team learn about community interests, ideas and recommendations in advance of a future community visioning workshop.

Please RSVP, or have an appropriate member of your organization RSVP to Heather Dunigan at 302.737.6205, ext. 118 or email hdunigan@wilmapco.org. If you would prefer an individual telephone interview or would like a presentation to your organization, we would be happy to arrange this with you.

Sincerely,

Heather Dunigan
Heather Dunigan, Principal Planner

WILMAPCO
850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
302/737-6205 ext. 118
hdunigan@wilmapco.org
www.wilmapco.org

www.facebook.com/WILMAPCO

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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling/Paper Shredding Event

Here is some information about an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event this Saturday, October 31st, 8AM-2PM.

Here is the link

Also, please note:
Shredded paper IS recyclable ONLY when it is brought to an event like this – NOT when it is put into the regular recycle in a plastic bag already shredded.

Household Hazardous Waste      
Product containers marked with words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive.” For example; household cleaners, garden pesticides, oil-based paints only (no latex paint will be accepted), nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze.
Electronic Goods Recycling
Electronic equipment such as, old computers, printers, CD players, microwaves, telephones, televisions, game boys, fax machines, answering machines, and VCRs.
Paper Shredding– Residents can bring up to 2 file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records). Papers with staples or paper clips are accepted. All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine
 
Event Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 08:00AM–02:00PM
Location: University of Delaware-Campus Guard Building
550 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE
New Castle County
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