INFORMATION

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Contact: Michelle Reardon 302-577-8701

Subject: Brandywine Residents Review Plans for Route 202 Enhancement (Community Involved Step-by-Step in Decision Making Process)

Wilmington, DE - Taking an innovative approach to community enhancement, representatives from the Delaware Economic Development Office, DNREC, DelDOT, AstraZeneca and community residents unveiled transportation and recreation options for the Historic Blue Ball and AstraZeneca Triangle areas off Route 202.

Jim Lisa, Project Manager for the Blue Ball project said, "Tonight's open house represents a new way of doing economic development here in Delaware - the people's way. Two advisory committees comprised of approximately 100 residents, representatives of the local civic associations, area legislators and other Brandywine associations have been involved in creating the transportation and recreational options seen here this evening. When completed, it's going to be something to see, and I encourage anyone with an interest to get involved."

Approximately 150 residents of the Brandywine Hundred communities attended an open house at the AstraZeneca cafeteria this evening to review and comment on road improvements and recreational plans. The enhancement of this area is in cooperation with the signature AstraZeneca deal that is bringing the world's third largest pharmaceutical company's U.S. headquarters to Delaware.

"When completed, this project is going to recreate the look and feel of the Brandywine community through the addition of vast parklands, open space and improved infrastructure," Darrell J. Minott, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office and Chairman of the Blue Ball project said today.

19 roadway improvements and 6 recreational enhancements were on display for public comment and input. Traffic issues have focused on the enhancement of Route 141, Augustine Cut-Off and Foulk Road. One possible transportation option is the shutting down of Route 141 between Children's Way and Route 202 to through traffic while building an Alternate Route 141 connecting Children's Way to Rockland Road located behind the Ronald McDonald House.

Discussion on recreation has been focused on how to split the existing 244 acres between open space and passive and active recreation. Issues include: possible expansion of the reservoir adjacent to the Rock Manor Golf Course, expansion of the golf course and the connection of the Northern Delaware Greenway system.

The next meeting of the Brandywine Community Enhancement Committee's will be on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at 4:30pm for the Parks Committee and 7:30pm for the Transportation Committee. Anyone interested in more information on these meetings can call (302) 577-8477 or visit the project web site at: www.blueball.net.

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