House Bill 52
149th General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE'S INTEREST IN CERTAIN LANDS LOCATED IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE.
Currently, Rockford Falls Partners, LLC owns the majority of the Bancroft Mills site in Wilmington, Delaware. Delaware’s Division of Parks and Recreation owns a smaller portion of the Bancroft Mills site that the State acquired with the intent of having it serve as an entrance, river crossing and parking area for Alapocas Run State Park. There is currently inadequate public access and parking onsite to meet recreational needs in this portion of the park.This bill authorizes DNREC to engage in a “land swap” with Rockford Falls Partners. The state will convey 1.53 acres of its land to Rockford Falls Partners, and will receive in exchange 3.92 acres of land and river bottom bordering the Brandywine Creek at the Bancroft Mills site, and an easement in perpetuity allowing vehicle, bike, and foot traffic across Rockford Falls property for purposes of accessing state park land. Rockford Falls will further agree to create and maintain a 25 space parking lot and a lawn on the State land at the park entrance, as well as installing a restroom facility and renovating an old train platform for use as a rentable pavilion in the park. This land swap was approved by the Open Space Council on December 7, 2016.