Harvey Hanna & Associates continues to make progress on its mission to transform the former General Motor plant on Boxwood Road into a modern business and distribution campus that can serve as a new and lasting economic engine for Delaware. While that process moves forward, however, there has been no shortage of activity at the property.
Recently, heavy rains caused the Red Clay School District’s bus depot to flood, leaving no place to store and deploy its fleet. Thankfully, Harvey Hanna was able to offer them the Boxwood property in its place, and we welcomed more than 90 school buses throughout the coming weeks.
In late July, Wilmington’s Five Points Fire Company hosted a training for area fire companies at the property, where firefighters learned self-survival skills and forcible entry techniques. Using the empty former plant, they trained using high rise packs and employed different tools in mock firefighting scenarios that could not be performed without a large and spacious building at their disposal. In March, we welcomed police officers from the Delaware State Police and local agencies for several days as they conducted their regular police K-9 training sessions.
As longtime members of the community, Harvey Hanna knows first-hand what the former plant has meant to so many of our residents over the last six decades. While the process of redeveloping and revitalizing such a large property is a lengthy one, we are taking every step we can to ensure the plant property remains a valuable asset for the community along the way.
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Study Finds Redevelopment of Former GM Plant in Wilmington, Del. To Create More Than 2,100 Permanent Jobs
Harvey Hanna & Associates’ Plan for Modern Distribution & Business Campus Holds Potential for $281 Million in Economic Impact Per Year
Wilmington, Del. (May 30, 2018) — Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc., a leading Delaware-based commercial real estate redevelopment firm, today announced the results of a study commissioned to measure the economic impact of its planned redevelopment of the former General Motors plant in Wilmington, Del. into a thriving, state-of-the-art business, fulfillment and distribution campus.
The report, prepared by Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions, found that upon completion, Harvey Hanna’s exploratory plan for the property would produce more than $281 million in annual impact, largely through the creation of more than 2,100 permanent jobs in logistics, distribution, engineering, transportation and an array of support industries and services. The project would also create another 160 jobs annually over an estimated nine-year construction period.
“Since purchasing the former GM plant in 2017, Harvey Hanna’s plans for the property have been focused on a singular mission to create thousands of lasting, 21st century jobs for the residents of Wilmington, New Castle County and greater Delaware,” said Thomas J. Hanna, President of Harvey Hanna & Associates. “This study affirms our belief that creating a modern distribution and business campus can help restore this property’s long history as a vital source of employment and a nucleus for the local economy.”
According to the study, construction of the new business and distribution campus would generate a total of $6.8 million in taxes for the state of Delaware. Once construction has been completed, the reimagined property would also generate more than $7.6 million in annual revenue through personal and business taxes, as well as $2.4 million in new property taxes annually for the Red Clay School District and New Castle County.
In addition, the study found Harvey Hanna’s transformation of the former plant will also have a positive impact on property values in its immediate vicinity, driving the median home price up roughly 14 percent from $215,000 to $245,000 or higher, exclusive of inflation.
“We must win the future,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “This is further proof that Harvey Hanna’s redevelopment vision could create thousands of jobs and transform our largest shuttered factory into an economic engine for generations to come.”
Filed with the New Castle County Department of Land Use in April, Harvey Hanna’s Brownfield Redevelopment concept plans call for the complete demolition of all dormant buildings on the 142-acre property, to be followed by the construction of 3 million square feet in new commercial space spread across four buildings with a lower overall footprint than the previous structure. If approved, the buildings would be constructed in multiple phases, with additional green space, improved storm water management and new landscaping buffers added to the new business and distribution campus. The plans are conceptual in nature, and must be reviewed and approved by New Castle County as well as other state regulatory agencies.
“The transformation of the former GM plant from a vacant brownfield to a thriving center of jobs and commerce holds the potential to create economic impact far beyond the property itself,” said Hanna. “By generating new jobs, raising property values and creating additional tax revenue, we hope to serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Newport and other communities across the region.”
The economic data does not reflect other redevelopment efforts planned by Harvey Hanna as part of a wider effort by Harvey Hanna to transform underutilized areas of New Castle County, specifically in and around the greater Newport area. The firm is currently pursuing $150 million in transit-oriented development of 400,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial transit oriented development around the SEPTA rail station in downtown Newport, Del., where future employees at the Boxwood Road property can live, eat, shop and play. Harvey Hanna’s plans for the Newport development also include an environmental center advocated by town officials, as well as a Riverwalk trail that will connect with the New Castle County bicycle and pedestrian trail network currently under construction.
Harvey Hanna acquired the Boxwood Road property in 2017 with the goal of redeveloping its more than 3 million square feet of industrial and office space. The longtime former home of a General Motors automotive plant, the property is strategically located along the I-95 corridor and is set in one of the country’s major population base, making it an ideal setting for distribution, fulfillment and logistics users and businesses. Offering easy access to major markets including Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C, the property is a springboard to multiple major U.S. highways, including I-95, I-295 and I-495.
The property is also equipped with full access to area rail lines, allowing distribution or fulfillment companies to both ship and receive goods from across the region, and is just minutes from the growing Port of Wilmington, which handles more than 400 ship calls and 6.8 million tons of cargo each year.
About Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Founded in 1998, Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc. is a Newport, Delaware-based real estate development company with a significant record of success related to the acquisition, redevelopment and repopulation of underutilized properties in the Mid-Atlantic region. Led by Thom Harvey and Thomas Hanna, the company has acquired and developed more than 5.2 million square feet of space, including 2.8 million square feet of industrial space. Harvey Hanna has deep personal and professional roots in Newport and the surrounding Delaware community, and the company’s comprehensive understanding of both the Boxwood property’s history and the Newport community has helped shape its vision for a first-class commercial campus that will become a critical economic driver for the region.
Harvey Hanna is NOW LEASING its brand new 100,000 SF building at Delaware River Industrial Park that is conveniently located in New Castle, Delaware. The fully improved 45 acre park offers quick access to the entire northeast corridor –Delaware Memorial Bridge, I-95, I-295 and I-495.
The Delaware River Industrial Park is 34 miles from Philadelphia and minutes from the Port of Wilmington, which is the top banana port in the United States. It’s also the nation’s biggest fruit and juice concentrate importer with the largest dock-side refrigeration business.
It is located within a ‘targeted zone’ offering comparably low property taxes and other possible credits and incentive. The brand new park offers modern construction with ample load and trailer storage. Delaware is the rated #1 in ‘business friendliness’ according to CNBC’s 2014
It features 6.45 acres of 100,000 square feet of space zoned “HI”, allowing for a wide array of uses including warehouse, manufacturing, R&D or laboratory. The building has a 32 foot clear ceiling height, ESFR sprinkler system and 4 loading docks.
The park is completely improved with heavy-duty roadways and all utilities including, electric, gas, water and storm water retention. Special improvements at the park include a fire control system with a 312,000 gallon on-site water tank and high flow fire pump.
Delaware is centrally located on the northeast corridor with easy highway access. This, along with Delaware’s lower property taxes and skilled labor force, makes it attractive to the national and regional companies.
“The logistics industry can be a very, very strong source of growth for Delaware because of our workforce. Those people who lost their jobs at Chrysler and GM when those plants closed and the people who were downsized in the Dupont Corp., a lot of those folks are still here. They didn’t go away. If we’re wise about handling it, logistics can really provide a source of employment for those people,” Hanna said.
Harvey Hanna already owns 2.58 million square feet of warehouse, distribution and logistics space in the Delaware, ranging from 5,400 square feet to the 430,000-square-foot former Five Below distribution center in their Twin Spans Business Park in New Castle.
A dynamic full service commercial real estate and redevelopment firm located in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking a qualified and experienced individual for a marketing assistant position for a successful full-service real estate development firm and its various entities.
The Marketing Assistant will be working with the Director of Marketing and Commercial Leasing Associate to help achieve all company marketing, advertising, public relations and general leasing objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Draft and develop custom proposal and presentation packages for the lease and sale of commercial real estate assets
Maintain brand consistently by applying templates to produce marketing materials including flyers, proposals, and presentations
Create and improve standard processes and related checklists
Drive investor interest through marketing via Constant Contact and other online marketing systems
Create and manage custom email marketing campaigns
Maintain and organize marketing timelines and deadlines
Update and maintain databases
Manage all social media platforms
Assist with vendor and tenant relations
Assist with coordination of business development events
Assist in generating leads for commercial real estate, which consists of researching, cold-calling, postcard mailers, advertisements, (Costar, Loopnet, & other websites) marketing packages, property showings and prep, etc.
Attend trade events on behalf of the Company
Experience of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop required
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Power Point
Commercial Real Estate and/or Residential Real Estate industry experience a plus
Proficiency across marketing channels including online, print, social and events
Strong creative writing and editing skills, i.e., spelling, grammar, punctuation
Detail oriented and deadline driven
Energetic, motivated and inspired
Two years of marketing, design and public relations experience
College Degree- Marketing, Communications or other relevant discipline
Favorable salary, 401K health benefits and paid vacations for those qualified applicants
When freezing temperatures occur and the white stuff starts falling, commercial property owners face many challenges. Keeping a commercial property safe is a job many commercial property managers dread this time of year.
Experienced property managers understand the need to implement risk-management in order to avoid costly law suits and to protect their tenants. It is wise to assess property needs and repairs well before winter arrives.
Snow and ice present some serious hazards that can be mitigated when properly handled. Not only will it protect your tenants and visitors, but it will protect your property. Preventing caustic substances from entering your building will protect flooring and lessen the chances of slips and falls.
Harvey Hanna and Associates, a Delaware Commercial Development Company, creates plans for all of its commercial properties in order to provide safety and comfort to its building’s tenants and visitor. Check out our winter safety tips below.
8 Winter Safety Tips:
1. Monitor Your Space Heaters– Portable space heaters are a safety hazard. Be sure to educate employees about safe space heater practices, such as keeping space heaters out of high traffic areas and to avoid sharing the outlet withy other electrical devices. Always turn off and unplug every space heater at the end of the work day.
2. Install Door Mats at All Entrances– This will help to keep the dirt, snow and mud outside. Quality door mats will reduce the possibility of slips. Protect your employees and customers. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law!
3. Salt & Treat Entryway and Parking Lots– Ice melting mix solutions, such as salt, plays a major role in reducing slip-and-fall accidents. Even a light dusting of snow can lead to slippery conditions. Be sure to stock up early, as supplies can be hard to locate right before forecasted winter storms.
4. Protect Electronics and Data – Power outages can be critical if you fail to back-up company and client data daily, either onsite or through a hosted, off-site cloud service. Always check to make sure your back-up system is working properly before a storm hits.
5. Avoid Electrical Shutdowns – If an outage occurs during business hours, turn off all computers and other equipment as a precaution against the sudden increase in voltage when power is restored. Use surge protectors to absorb excess electrical energy and prevent it from reaching connected equipment once the power is restored.
6. Maintain HVAC Equipment– Proper maintenance of all HVAC units will lead to the best possible outcome for your building, not only in the winter, but throughout the year adding comfort, improved air quality, extended equipment life and cutting energy costs.
7. Winterize your Roof– The most common cause of winter damage to a roof is the continuous freeze/thaw cycle which can exacerbate any defects in the roof. While certain conditions are unavoidable, making sure you fix any current leaks, faulty flashing, loose shingles or metal sheets can make your roof better prepared to handle the freeze/thaw/freeze cycle.
8. Drains & Downspouts – Be sure to repair and clean out any drains or downspouts and ensure that they are not draining improperly into walkways, patios or parking lots.
About Harvey, Hanna & Associates- Established in 1997, HHA is a full service Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment Company featuring prime located commercial, retail, and industrial real estate in Delaware. After decades of sustained relationships with tenants of our commercial and industrial properties, Harvey Hanna & Associates has grown to be more than a landlord. Now a full-service Commercial Real Estate Development Company, offering 5.2 million square feet of prime-location real estate to the mid-Atlantic region, our occupancy rate exceeds 95% with an employee retention of 100%.
Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc. (HHA) is pleased to welcome American Training Driver Academy to the Delaware River Industrial Park in New Castle.
American Driver Training Academy recently celebrated the opening of their new facility by hosting an open house and ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, February 24th with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses, clients and vendors attended the event which also featured truck demonstrations, door prizes, giveaways, food and refreshments.
“We are excited to welcome American Driver Training Academy to the Delaware River Industrial Park. Their business concept is an ideal fit with its immediate proximity to the Port of Wilmington, Delaware Memorial Bridge and access to the full interstate interchanges of I-95, I-295 and I-495,”said Thomas J. Hanna, COO / managing director, HHA.
American Driver Training Academy recently opened the new training facility by leasing 4,685 sf of office and 1.5 acres of training space at 618 Lambson Lane located at the Delaware River Industrial Park (DRIP) managed by HHA in New Castle, Delaware.
American Driver Training Academy is one of the premier truck driving academies in the region, specializing in CDL-A license truck driving training for drivers in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. From their experienced trainers to their modern truck fleet and state-of-the-art training center, American Driver Training Academy has a 97% graduate employment rate and offers lifetime job placement opportunities. American Driver Training Academy has placed jobs for graduates with over 100 companies nationwide. Key clients include Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Administration. American Driver Training Academy also serves as the only on-site certification facility for the TWIC® (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Card in Delaware on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration. To learn more about American Driver Training Academy, visit: http://www.americandrivertraining.com/
About Harvey, Hanna & Associates- Established in 1997, HHA is a full service Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment Company featuring 3,000,000 square feet of prime location commercial, retail, and industrial real estate in Delaware.
Harvey Hanna & Associates is pleased to announce that Dan Rattay , a Senior Associate at CBRE, has been selected as its ‘2016 Broker of the Year’. Rattay, a four time winner of the award, demonstrates a mastery of his position and a keen understanding of his clients’ needs.
Rattay specializes in sales and lease of industrial and office properties and was instrumental in bringing Hermann Total Distribution Services (TDS), to a major Delaware distribution hub. Hermann Total Distribution Services, a 4th generation family-owned business is leasing 125,000 square feet of warehouse, office and distribution space at HHA’s premier 21st Century business campus in New Castle, the Twin Spans Business Park.
In recognition of Mr. Rattay’s accomplishments, a donation of $3000 in the name of CB Richard Ellis will benefit the Delaware KIDS Fund, a non-profit organization founded by Thomas J. Hanna, VP of HHA in 2008. Delaware KIDS Fund is an acronym for ‘Kids in Distressed Situations’ that helps at-risk children in Delaware who may face violence, abuse, family financial troubles, or other distressing situations.
Mr. Rattay’s accomplishments extended into the Newport Industrial Park as well, helping HHA secure New Genzyme Inc. (31,000 sq ft) at the newly created 500 Water Street complex. New Genzyme is an innovative manufacturer of soy-based food grade products and intermediates using proprietary technologies.
“Dan’s accomplishments are a significant part of our success, and further demonstrate his many attributes of grit, determination, innovation, and a commitment to excellence,” stated Thomas J. Hanna, HHA vice president and chief operating officer. Our firm was fortunate to have leased almost 600,000 square feet of space in 2016, and Dan played a significant role in our success”.
About Harvey, Hanna & Associates-Established in 1997, HHA is a full service Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment Company featuring 3,000,000 square feet of prime location commercial, retail, and industrial real estate in Delaware.
Keeping a commercial property safe when the white stuff starts falling and the temperatures dip is a job many commercial property managers dread each winter. However, it is wise risk-management to assess property needs and repairs well before winter arrives.
Snow and ice removal is serious business and developing a snow preparedness plan that provides for a safe and non-disruptive environment for building tenants is not something those of us at Harvey Hanna & Associates take lightly.
We understand the importance of having our property and grounds ready to face the challenges that winter can bring. HHA creates a fully comprehensive winter management plan well ahead of time.
Risk management should be at the forefront of each Snow and Ice Preparedness plan. Simple mistakes can cost a commercial property manger a great deal of money and be harmful to tenants. We have developed this Snow and Ice Preparedness Checklist to help get your commercial property compliant and ready to face even the fiercest weather this winter.
12 Snow and Ice Preparedness Tips for Commercial Property Managers:
Create a Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention plan, including use of weather proof floor Mats and Warning Signage
Set up and/or review snow removal contracts and assure you have adequate protection.
Have a plan in place to keep sidewalks and parking lots free of ice and snow accumulations.
Be prepared: stockpile now for ice with salt, ice melt and shovels. It’s always a good idea to have a bucket stocked near entry ways all season long.
Get all snow blowers, plows and shovels ready for use.
Assess all exterior lighting to ensure it is illuminating all walkways properly
Examine all downspouts and roofs for proper drainage.
Eliminate water drainage across key walking areas from downspouts and roofs.
Plan to control wet walking surfaces inside and out with appropriate mats and warning signs.
Create a weather emergency plan – assemble flashlights, batteries, emergency weather radio and an emergency contact list.
Create a plan for loss of power, including considerations for maintaining heat and preventing frozen pipes. Establish safe equipment shut down procedures
Guard Your Technology and Data – Fully test and service generators to ensure they are ready for use. Winter weather always has the potential to cause power outages due to ice and wind. It is critical to back-up all company and client data daily, either onsite or through cloud based software.
Harvey Hanna of Delaware is pleased that you have taken the time to read our Winter Safety Tips and look forward to hearing what you think or tips that you can share with us. Please check in with us on Facebook, we would love to discuss this subject further.
As a hospitality company active in the Mid-Atlantic region hotel industry, TKo Hospitality management understands the importance of customer service and actively recognizes associates that excel at their various positions within the company. Congratulations to all the winners!
This past month they honored several employees by presenting them with the TKo ‘Knockout’ Award. The following were recognized; Hyatt Place Dewey Beach gallery host Jeffrey Straub, housekeeping host Jessica Granger, housekeeping host Cecil King, Sales and Catering Manager Mary Beth Furjanic-Barbic and Executive Director of Corporate Projects Alexandra Kennedy.
According to partners, E. Thomas Harvey III, Kostas Kalogeropolous and Vince DiFonzo, these outstanding associates actively embraced the company culture of C.A.R.E.: Commitment to delivering exceptional results, Accountable to partners, Respect for each other and Excellence in all we do.
In addition to receiving the TKo Knockout Award, Kennedy was one of 10 worldwide recipients of the Why Settle Spirit Award presented by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Recipients are team members who display exceptional devotion to guests and colleagues alike, and convey a consistent “why settle?” attitude and spirit of excellence.
TKo Hospitality, active in the hotel industry around the Mid-Atlantic region, launched late 2014 and based in Newport, Delaware. The company develops hotels throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
TKo Hospitality is an affiliate of Harvey Hanna & Associates and E. Thomas Harvey, III also heads Dewey Beach Enterprises (DBE), the development company of Lighthouse Cove , a multi-use facility that encompasses the Hyatt Place Hotel; penthouse and bayside residential condominiums; retail stores, restaurants; conference center; and an array of public amenities.