Broad Creek waterfront redevelopment, improvement discussed at public meeting

By Rebecca J. Davis

The redevelopment and improvements to the Broad Creek waterfront in Laurel was recently discussed by officials from the University of Delaware, the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation and the Laurel Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was held at the Laurel Town Office and discussed the plan of redeveloping the waterfront. The redeveloped area would be between Central Avenue and the Railroad Bridge, concentrating on the southern bank of Broad Creek.

Brian G. Shannon, property manager at the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation, stated that "Laurel's Broad Creek is the reason Laurel exists. It's time Laurel takes the initiative to take full advantage of Broad Creek by making it an attractive, scenic and accessible waterway and river walk. Laurel Redevelopment Corporation is committed to this idea [so] please help spread the word. We're going to need funding to make this happen so let your legislator or representative know just how important this project is to you and the people of Laurel."

University of Delaware's Edward A. Lewandowski added that "Broad Creek used to be a beautiful waterfront. There are a couple of places that need help. The University of Delaware chose to help Laurel with Broad Creek because it needs help and has good motivated people who want the redevelopment to succeed." Lewandowski went on to say that a site plan needed to be constructed so money can be earned for the redevelopment. "You need to visualize it to sell it," he said.

The meeting attendees then brainstormed over how the new Broad Creek waterfront and walkway would appear and what would be incorporated into it. A few of these ideas were: pedestrian bridges, bistros, a dog walking circuit, a historical information kiosk and a children's playground park.

"We think Broad Creek is the best place for the playground, because it's between the two roads where people meet, it fits," Laurel Mayor John Shwed said. "If it's done in a classy fashion people would like it."

Thanks to the positive and constructive feedback from meeting attendees, a 3D artist rendering of the planned Broad Creek will be created and shown at the next meeting in late July. "I'm excited to see the rendering," Shwed said.

When asked how he felt the meeting went, Bill McGowan from the University of Delaware said, "Anytime folks come together with enthusiasm things are going to happen like they did tonight." Shannon also added, "I think it was a great meeting, very productive. The next step is to make it happen."

Among other enthusiastic attendees were Don Dykes and Debbie Mitchell from the Laurel Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Brian G. Shannon at bgshannon@msn.com.

The University of Delaware chose to help Laurel with Broad Creek because it needs help and has good motivated people who want the redevelopment to succeed." Lewandowski went on to say that a site plan needed to be constructed so money can be earned for the redevelopment. "You need to visualize it to sell it," he said.

The meeting attendees then brainstormed over how the new Broad Creek waterfront and walkway would appear and what would be incorporated into it. A few of these ideas were: pedestrian bridges, bistros, a dog walking circuit, a historical information kiosk and a children's playground park.

"We think Broad Creek is the best place for the playground, because it's between the two roads where people meet, it fits," Laurel Mayor John Shwed said. "If it's done in a classy fashion people would like it."

Thanks to the positive and constructive feedback from meeting attendees, a 3D artist rendering of the planned Broad Creek will be created and shown at the next meeting in late July. "I'm excited to see the rendering," Shwed said.

When asked how he felt the meeting went, Bill McGowan from the University of Delaware said, "Anytime folks come together with enthusiasm things are going to happen like they did tonight." Shannon also added, "I think it was a great meeting, very productive. The next step is to make it happen."

Among other enthusiastic attendees were Don Dykes and Debbie Mitchell from the Laurel Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Brian G. Shannon at bgshannon@msn.com.

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