The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce has reached an agreement to purchase a two-story residential structure on East Market Street that is currently owned by CHEER.
COST Still under contract
COMPLETION TARGETED August
THE DETAILS The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce was displaced from the Historic Georgetown Train Station in May 2011 due to a fire.
Since December 2011, the chamber has rented a space at 229 E. Market St. Executive Director Karen Duffield said chamber leadership decided early on that with property costs and interest rates hitting historic lows, buying new office space might be to the chamber’s financial advantage versus tenancy in a rental building. The chamber currently has an agreement to purchase a two-story, single-family residential structure currently owned by CHEER and located 827 E. Market St.
Duffield said the building’s location at the western gateway of Georgetown at the corner of Del. Route 9 en route to the beach resorts make it a viable and strategic spot for the office and a new visitor’s center. The new space could also become home to the Southern Delaware Tourism. The chamber has reached a rental agreement with that organization – the convention and visitor’s bureau for Sussex County that’s currently located at 103 W. Pine St. Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism, said the agreement falls in line with his organization’s overall aim to establish partnerships with Sussex County chambers. Also, Thomas said Southern Delaware Tourism is in need of additional common space, such as a conference room. Duffield and Thomas said nothing is finalized, as their agreement, as well as the chamber’s relocation, is dependent on the chamber reaching settlement on the Market Street property.
THE PROGRESS The chamber is currently navigating requirements and approvals from the Georgetown Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and Town Council. The house needs to be remodeled to some degree to meet fire and American Disability Act codes. If the chamber acquires all the necessary approvals, Duffield said they hope to settle by May. The chamber hopes to move into the house by August.