Laurel gets Downtown Development District


From left, Rep. Tim Dukes, Mayor John Shwed and Council President Chris Calio at the Downstate Development District announcement in Smyrna. 

Governor Jack Markell announced that Laurel will have a designated Downtown Development District. That designation makes it easier and more attractive to invest in Laurel’s business district, Broad Creek waterfront, and surrounding historic homes.

Whether you are a developer, existing business owner, or current resident who would like to upgrade your historic home, being in a Downtown Development District will help make your investment pay off.

Learn more about the DDD

View or download the one-page summary. 

Be a part of the plan!

How do you reimagine Laurel? When envisioning its future, what does it look like? We have embarked on an update of Laurel’s comprehensive plan and we want to hear from you.

Over the next few months, we will provide multiple opportunities to communicate: meetings, yes, but also an online survey, discussion opportunities on this website, speaking to your church or civic group, an Instagram feed, and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To honor the town’s agricultural heritage – and have a lot of fun doing it – the community got together on July 17 and painted a watermelon bus under the tutelage of artist John Donato.

Read more about it.

A mecca for nature and heritage tourism

Contributed by Jim Rapp  Last month,  Mayor John Shwed and the Laurel Town Council welcomed Jim Rapp and Dave Wilson of Conservation Community Consulting to a Town Council meeting to share a nature and heritage-based tourism plan for the town, with Broad Creek and the Ramble as the centerpiece. The tourism plan is titled "Laurel, Delaware: Base Camp to Nanticoke Country," and it details the process, resources and recommendations to reimagine Laurel as a Trail Town for [...]

October 23rd, 2016|Laurel|0 Comments

Sept. 29: Learn about Laurel’s DDD

You can learn more about what Laurel's Downtown Development District designation means at a meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at the Laurel Public Library. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. If you live or own a commercial property within the district, rehabilitating or upgrading that property will become much more attractive because of local and state incentives. State grants are available for qualifying projects as small as $15,000. Besides the state DDD grants, DDDs receive [...]

September 10th, 2016|Laurel|0 Comments