DOVER, Del. — The Duncan Center is six stories tall—easily the highest building in Downtown Dover.

And soon it could belong to the city.

Dover is interested in obtaining the building, located at 500 Loockerman Street, and has been involved in preliminary discussions regarding a possible purchase, according to city manager Donna Mitchell.

Despite that acknowledgement, Mitchell would not comment on other aspects of a potential deal, including a potential price tag. She did note city leaders in recent years have discussed the idea of moving city offices to a either a newly-constructed building or a more modern location.

The Duncan Center, constructed in 2004, does not factor into this year’s budget plan.

The discussions follow a series of closed-door executive sessions and special meetings of city council in May in which notices said the council would be discussing a potential land acquisition. The executive sessions were shrouded from the public through an exemption in Delaware’s FOIA laws on preliminary site acquisitions.

Any final agreement would have to be voted on by city council during a public meeting.


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