Friday, October 10: Carper to Spend Day in New Castle County

Tour Kirkwood Manor Project Discussion at University of Delaware's Transportation Forum Presentation of Delaware Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award

Wilmington, DE – Senator Tom Carper will spend Friday, October 10th in Northern Delaware. The Senator will begin his day touring Kirkwood Manor, a residential community located in the 700 block of Kirkwood Street near Swede’s Landing. As part of the Wilmington Housing Partnership’s (WHP) “East Side Home Ownership Zone” and the City of Wilmington’s ongoing efforts to create affordable housing opportunities for East Side residents, Kirkwood Manor will consist of 14 three-bedroom town homes with two-and-a-half baths, air-conditioning, a garage, and a laundry room. Each unit will sell from between $85,000 to $95,000. The Senator, Wilmington Mayor Baker and WHP Chair Robert Buccini will present keys to new homeowners. The project, which will eventually create 50 new homes in East Wilmington, is being managed by the WH P, a public/private nonprofit corporation established in 1989 to promote affordable housing and home ownership for urban residents. In addition to committing nearly $5 million for the home ownership initiative, the WHP has also acquired 90 properties throughout the East Side neighborhood. Resolving to decrease urban blight and improve community pride, the WHP has razed 35 of those properties and is in the process of salvaging the remainder for renovation. Senator Carper will then participate in a forum on the impact of the Transportation Equity Act (TEA-21 reauthorization) on Delaware. The focus is on the current status of federal transportation policy and how it will affect Delawareâ??s highway and transit funding and smart growth options. Experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation, American Planning Association, American Highway Users Alliance, Delaware Department of Transportation and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations will also participate in the forum. This event is taking place at the Goodstay Center on the University of Delawareâ??s Wilmington Campus. The Senator will then attend the presentation of the Delaware Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award. This year’s recipient is LaTannia Fair. Fair, who started the Fair Insurance Agency six years ago, was selected for this award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA held its 21st Annual National Minority Enterprise Development Week in Washington from September 28 to October 1 where Ms. Fair was recognized for her achievement. Senator Carper will speak at this event about the important role that small business plays in growing the economy. Friday, October 10, 2003 8:00 am- 8:30 am Kirkwood Manor Visit Kirkwood Street, between 7th and 8th Streets 9:00 am- 10:00 am University of Delaware Transportation Forum Goodstay Center, University of Delaware, Wilmington Campus, 2600-2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington 3:30 pm- 4:00 pm DE Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award Presentation Fair Insurance Agency, 881 Pulaski Hwy, Bear