Wilmington is Becoming More Business Friendly: City Launches New 10-Day Sewer/Water Plans Review Process

Wilmington, DE New 10 day water reviews plan process.

News Release from The City of Wilmington:

Mayor Purzycki tosses out the City’s average 60-day review turnaround timeline; says this is the start of reforming the City’s permitting and inspection process.

Vowing to make the City more friendly and efficient for business development projects that help the City grow, Mayor Mike Purzycki and Acting Public Works Commissioner Kelly Williams today announced a new, expedited process for the review and approval of water and sewer development plans. The Mayor said the revised review process will mean the approval process will take approximately 10 days instead of the current 60 days or more. Purzycki and Williams stressed that the 10-day review will be just as thorough as the current process, just faster.

“City government has to operate more efficiently and quickly when it comes to reviewing development plans and issuing permits,” said Mayor Purzycki. “There are about two dozen or so larger-scale development projects that come to the City annually for review. When they come our way, it’s the City’s duty to review them thoroughly and then pass judgement. These projects can mean jobs and revenue for the City, so the last thing we should do it unnecessarily delay the review process.” Purzycki said City government should be assisting and guiding these projects to completion, not being a hindrance as has happened in the past. “We are beginning to change the mindset within government and are about to reform the entire permitting and inspections process to make it more efficient and fair to everyone including businesses and residents.”

Acting Public Works Commissioner Williams said the City has contracted with the Wilmington-based engineering firm of RK&K to perform engineering and environmental reviews whenever the City’s current review process, which is housed in the Public Works Department, becomes overloaded or backed-up on projects. The City will pay RK&K $50,000 annually to keep the plans review process on a 10-day turnaround schedule. The Mayor said the new review process is in place and ready to receive proposals.

Purzycki, who has an extensive business and development background, said many of the reforms he is planning for the permitting, inspections and plans review processes come from the frustration he and others experienced in dealing with the City in the past. “There is a more efficient way to handle plans reviews and other services we provide to citizens,” said the Mayor. “Most encouraging is that many of our own employees who do this work every day are helping us figure out how to do things better. That’s because they are being asked for their ideas and solutions and that can make a world of difference in any type of operation.”

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Big News for Wilmington! More Septa Trains Scheduled to and from Philadelphia!

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Photo credit: CNN.com

Big news for commuters and those looking for nightly entertainment in Wilmington and Philadelphia! More trains are scheduled to connect the two cities! 

Wilmington now has additional round-trip SEPTA trains on weekday mornings and Saturday nights. The schedule change went into effect Sunday, September 10, and was first announced by SEPTA last week. The Mayor today thanked Governor Carney and DART Executive Director John Sisson for their efforts to improve our area’s public transit options.

"Better train connectivity is something our residents want, our small and big businesses want, and our visitors want,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Improving train service in Wilmington broadens access to opportunity for residents while potentially saving riders hours each day on their commutes and thousands of dollars each year in transportation costs.”

The weekday morning train leaves Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 8:09 a.m. and arrives in Wilmington at 9:02 a.m.; the return train leaves Wilmington at 9:50 a.m. and arrives at 30th Street Station at 10:38 a.m.  The Saturday night train leaves Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 10:32 p.m. and arrives in Wilmington at 11:17 p.m.; it leaves Wilmington at 11:34 p.m., arriving at 30th Street Station at 12:21 a.m.

In addition, an earlier weekday morning train from Wilmington to Philadelphia now has five fewer stops, cutting travel time from 51 to 45 minutes. This train now leaves Wilmington at 9:23 a.m. and arrives at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 10:08 a.m.

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Two Saturdays of Musical Performances - one of them Free!

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Bring the entire family to the Delaware Historical Society on Market Street for two Saturdays of musical performance by some of Delaware’s finest performers. 

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Matthew Lavanish of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society

The Delaware Historical Society is pleased to host the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society’s Second Annual Members Showcase Concert in Old Town Hall, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The concert will feature performances by professional and amateur guitarists. Stop in for a song or two, or stay for the entire concert. Bring the entire family as children are welcome. A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert. Old Town Hall is located at 504 North Market Street, Wilmington DE, 19801.

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Mélomanie

Enjoy an afternoon of relaxing classical music Up Close with Mélomanie, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 4pm in Old Town Hall.

Get up close with the violin and harpsichord in an informal, intimate setting with lively conversation and music, featuring Christof Richter on violin and Tracy Richardson on harpsichord.

Tickets are available online at Mélomanie.org or by calling Mélomanie at (302) 764-6338.

$15 Delaware Historical Society members, seniors & students 16 & older                     

$25 non-members

Free for students 15 years and younger

Free parking courtesy of Colonial Parking, Sixth and Shipley streets. Beverages available for sale.

Craving a History Lesson on Wilmington?

Photo courtesy of www.oldwilmington.net

Photo courtesy of www.oldwilmington.net

When you step into the City of Wilmington, you can tell right away that the rich history of the area is still very much alive. Many of the buildings on Market Street have been restored to their former glory and many of the city's traditions still occur on an annual basis. Whether you are a transplant or have been living downtown for years, one of the most beautiful aspects of Wilmington, Delaware is the way it treasures tradition. 

For those of us desiring to learn a little bit more about the rich history of the streets we walk on a daily basis, there are lots of resources, at our fingertips, or simply a few steps away...

1. Delaware Historical Society- Newly renovated and offering more than meets the eye, the beautiful Delaware Historical Society right on Market Street offers exhibitions, research collections, education, events such as the upcoming Farm 2 Fork and facility rentals.

2. OldWilmington.net- Although their website is still under construction, their Facebook Group and Forums are a wealth of knowledge. Here you will find a library of old photographs from families thrilled to share their lineage in Wilmington. 

Photo courtesy of www.oldwilmington.net

Photo courtesy of www.oldwilmington.net

The Ninth Street Bookshop is full of books on Wilmington's history and if they don't have what you want in stock, they will order it for you! Below is one with rave reviews. 

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Wilmington Business Classes for Organizations of All Sizes in September!

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Education is key to continuous growth whether for individuals, small businesses or billion dollar organizations.

Downtown Visions wants to ensure your business and associates are thriving. Below are several workshops and training sessions offered in our area to assist business owners and some are even free!  

Interested in starting a business in the Downtown Wilmington vicinity? Here are some of the many resources to help get you started. 

September 6th

Walk-in Assistance for Career and Business

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Wilmington Library

 

September 7th

Slash 10 Hours From Your Work Week to Be More Productive - A Business Fundamentals Workshop

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

 

September 14th

Increase Your Net Revenue: Grants & Loans for Improved Energy Efficiency =

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Wilmington Library

 

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Wilmington Library

 

September 19th

SEMINAR: Financing for Startups and Choosing Your Business Structure

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Delaware Small Business Chamber

 

SBA Access to Capital Workshop

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Newark Senior Center

 

September 21st

CEO Think Tank: Briefing Session - Scaling Up – EXECUTION Focus Workshop

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

 

August 29th

Partnering for Profits

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Wilmington Library

 

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