PRESERVATION

of Fort DuPont

Redevelopment & Preservation

The Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation is focused on breathing new life into Fort DuPont through thoughtful research, planning, and renovation. The redevelopment of Fort DuPont will incorporate and highlight the fort’s historic character and use as a military base and state landmark.

 

In 2013, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, in collaboration with Delaware City, conducted a planning process to revitalize the Historic Fort DuPont Complex into a vibrant mixed-use community, fully integrated with adjacent Delaware City.

The Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation was created July 23rd, 2014 when former Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 310 into law.  Sponsored by Representative Valerie Longhurst and Senator Nicole Poore, the legislation defined the powers of the Corporation, outlines the form of its Board of Directors, and established an Advisory Council to the Board.  Executive Director Jeff Randol was hired in 2015.

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The Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., at the Grassdale Center.

The General Assembly recognized that the Fort DuPont Complex along the Delaware River adjacent to Delaware City has enormous potential.  It could be a sustainable, mixed-use community producing revenue, jobs, housing choices and recreational and other amenities while preserving its historic character and the surrounding environment.

The corporation will act in a planning and development capacity.  It can hold, own, preserve, develop, improve, construct, rent, lease, sell, or otherwise acquire or dispose of any real property, including without limitation any real property comprising the Fort DuPont Complex or portion thereof transferred to the Corporation.

In carrying out its responsibilities, the Corporation has been given the authority to:

  • Borrow or accept contributions, grants, or other financial assistance from the federal government, the State, a locality or political subdivision or agency or any source, public or private, to aid of any project of the Corporation, and to these ends, to comply with such conditions and enter into such mortgages. It shall comply with such conditions and enter into such mortgages, trust indentures, leases, or other contracts and agreements as may be necessary or desirable.
  • Have and exercise any and all powers available to a corporation under Chapter I of Title 8, the Delaware General Corporation Law.
  • Take such other lawful actions that are consistent with the purposes of the enabling legislation in order to oversee, manage, and implement the redevelopment and preservation of the Fort DuPont Complex.
  • Recover costs for services or facilities provided, owned, operated, or financed by the Corporation.

BEFORE AND AFTER SHOTS OF FIELD OFFICER’S QUARTERS

PROJECTS IN THE WORKS

Administration Building

Constructed in 1901, near Officers Row as the fort’s first Headquarters, the Administration Building first appears on a 1913 map.  In the caption to a historic photograph in Images of America: Fort DuPont, it is stated that this building was home to the administrative functions of the fort in the early years. The first floor housed offices, while the second floor had rooms for courts-martial and records storage.

This two-story, double-pile building is of the Colonial Revival style with its corbelled brick chimneys on each gable end, slight cornice returns, symmetrical fenestration, six-over-six double hung windows with plain board trim and shutters, and a front door with three-part sidelights. It also has a rear addition with a shed roof.

The Administration Building is being restored and repurposed as a single family home.