For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 7, 1999

Contact: Michelle Reardon 302-577-8701

Subject: AstraZeneca - Blue Ball Property Planning Committees to Meet

Wilmington, DE - As part of the signature AstraZeneca deal that will bring the world's third largest pharmaceutical company's U.S. headquarters to Delaware, meetings concerning the design and planning of the lands surrounding the AstraZeneca properties will take place on Wednesday, September 8.

The Delaware proposal to AstraZeneca, which was accepted on April 29, included a first-of-its kind link between business site selection and land preservation. As part of the proposal, AstraZeneca and the State of Delaware agreed to join with local officials and residents to preserve approximately 244 acres of land in North Wilmington. The goal of the project is to interlock transportation improvements, park development and historic preservation of the Blue Ball Dairy Barn complex and other historic structures with the development of the " Triangle," the site on Route 202 selected for the expansion of the current AstraZeneca site.

To facilitate the collaboration of public officials, state agencies and area residents the Transportation Committee and Recreation and Historic Preservation Committees were created in August. Each committee will meet twice a month. In addition, a monthly Legislator's meeting will take place to keep area residents informed and gather feedback.

The following is the scheduled list of meetings:

  1. 7:30am Recreation and Historic Preservation Committee Mtg., Ronald McDonald House, 1901 Rockland Road
  2. 4:30pm Transportation Committee, Ronald McDonald House, 1901 Rockland Road

All meetings are open to the public and the media.

A Media availability will be held at 6:30 pm at the Brandywine High School, Room 112, 1400 Foulk Road, Wilmington. During this availability, representatives from each committee will provide a summary of the day's meeting, and will be available to answer questions.

For additional information on the Blue Ball Greenways Project, see the project web site at: