Division of Motor Vehicles Hosts Groundbreaking Event for New Delaware City Facility
Dover -- The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new $20 million Delaware City facility construction project. Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt and DMV Director Jennifer Cohan were joined by Governor Jack Markell, State Representative Valerie Longhurst, State Senator Nicole Poore, Delaware City Mayor Stan Green, contractors, other officials and employees in celebrating the groundbreaking for the LEED Certified complex.
Located just to the south of the existing DART First State maintenance facility and park & ride off Route 13, the Delaware City DMV will be located on a 24-acre parcel and feature a seven-bay inspection lane, four drive through teller windows, and 30 customer counter spots, all in a 42,000 square foot building. The new facility will replace the existing New Castle Site located at Churchmans and Airport Road. Opened in 1965, the New Castle facility has been expanded and modified in recent years to accommodate increasing customer volumes.
"It is one of my proudest moments to be able to officially get started with the new Delaware City DMV facility," said DMV Director Cohan. "Our customers have had to deal with restricted operational space at New Castle for a number of years. As Delaware residents know, the DMV takes great pride in providing first class service to our customers. Once opened late next year this new site will feature room to grow and serve our customers efficiently and comfortably."
The New Castle DMV staff of 60 employees currently serves an average of 38,800 customers per month in a variety of driver, vehicle, and transportation services. With the move to the Delaware City location and its proximity to the population centers of Middletown, Bear, and the Route 40 & 72 corridors the average number of customers is expected to rise.
"A new facility will mean convenient motor vehicle services for a growing population of Delaware drivers," said Governor Markell. "The facility will save taxpayer money through its energy efficient design and bring services to where they are most in demand in Southern New Castle County."
During the ceremony State Representative Valerie Longhurst officially announced that the facility would be called the "Delaware City DMV". The Representative explained that the proximity to one of the state's most historic towns is an important way to recognize the new location.
The Delaware City DMV facility is being designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Numerous environmentally friendly design practices and materials are being incorporated into the project. For example, the building envelope design contains a high level of insulation which improves the efficient performance of the mechanical systems, leading to increased occupant comfort.