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The Boxwood Project Update – June 2018 Edition

June 18, 2018

Last week, Harvey Hanna & Associates had the pleasure of convening with residents, officials, and other members of the Wilmington-area community to discuss our current and future plans for the former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

Along with representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, our engineering firm Apex Engineering, and a number of area elected officials, we heard plenty of positive feedback from residents excited about our plans to create a modern business and distribution campus at the plant property. We also heard several quality-of-life concerns about the changes that would accompany its transformation.

As a local firm with deep ties to New Castle County, we remain committed to maintaining an open dialogue with residents throughout this process, and will schedule future meetings every 4 to 6 months to ensure the highest degree of transparency and public input. While a new business campus will not generate the same level of activity than the GM plant at its peak, it will have far-reaching implications across Wilmington and the rest of the region. By continuing to work together, we can help create thousands of new jobs, and a better, more prosperous future for our community.

The Boxwood Project Update – May 2018 Edition

May 21, 2018

Please Note: Site plan shown here is for illustrative purposes only and may not be relied up as final. The recently submitted exploratory plan will be displayed at the Community Briefing- which also shows a much more accurate parking rationale. This is for illustrative purposes only.The exploratory plan is posted directly under Active Plans on New Castle County’s Land Use Department Website, within “District 1”

As you may have recently learned, Harvey Hanna & Associates has filed exploratory plans for the dormant former General Motors plant site on Boxwood Road in Wilmington. The plans call for the demolition of the existing plant buildings, in order to make way for a modern distribution campus that we believe is more suited for today’s economy.

As a local firm, we know first-hand the long hours many residents spent working at the plant and the significance it holds in the community. So while it is with mixed emotions that we ultimately decided on demolishing the old structure, a new facility would allow us to better compete for the kind of logistics, distribution and other businesses built to thrive in the 21st century, and bring thousands of critical jobs back to New Castle County.The plan is currently being evaluated by the county and other government agencies, but the early feedback we have received from both officials and residents, including many former plant workers, has been very positive.

As we have stated throughout, we remain committed to keeping an open dialogue with the community as we explore the best possible use for this property. With that in mind, we would like to extend an invitation for all to join us on June 12th at 7pm for a public meeting at Five Points Memorial Hall (209 South Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19804) to discuss our plans, the plant’s future and what it means for the future of our community and greater Delaware. Attendees can expect to hear from Harvey Hanna, our engineering firm Apex Engineering, and a representative from the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

We hope to see all of you there!

In the News:
Delaware Online Article 4-16-2018
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Harvey Hanna & Associates Submits Exploratory Plan for Redevelopment of Former General Motors Plant in Wilmington, Delaware

April 16, 2018

Leading Commercial Real Estate Developer Plans to Transform Dormant GM Site Into Modern Business & Distribution Campus


Wilmington, Del. (April 16, 2018) — Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc., a leading Delaware-based commercial real estate redevelopment firm , today announced it has submitted an exploratory plan for its redevelopment of the former General Motors plant in Wilmington, Del. into a thriving, state-of-the-art business, fulfillment and distribution campus.

The Brownfield Redevelopment plans, provided to the New Castle County Department of Land Use under its Redevelopment Ordinance, call for the demolition of the 3-million-square-foot former automobile manufacturing plant structure at 801 Boxwood Road. Under the plan, Harvey Hanna proposes the construction of a modern campus designed to attract and retain 21st century businesses and jobs, serving as a new economic engine for the region.

“As a Delaware-based firm with deep personal and professional roots in this area, Harvey Hanna knows first-hand the significance that the former General Motors plant property has to Wilmington and New Castle County,” said Thomas J. Hanna, President of Harvey Hanna & Associates. “These plans represent a critical first step in rebuilding this storied property into a modern distribution and business campus that can provide a critical source of jobs and serve as a new and lasting economic engine for the entire region.”

The 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 redevelopment of the former General Motors plant – which at its peak employed more than 6,000 people – is the first step in a wider effort by Harvey Hanna to transform underutilized areas of New Castle County, specifically in and around the greater Newport area.
In addition, the firm is pursuing the development of 400,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial transit oriented development nearby 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 a Riverwalk trail for walking, biking and other recreation, as well as the re-opening of the Newport passenger rail station. This planned river walk is environed to interconnect with the New Castle County bicycle and pedestrian trail network that is currently under construction.

“When Harvey Hanna purchased this site last year, we always knew our immediate goal was to modernize the former plant property and provide new jobs to the hardworking residents of Delaware,” said Hanna. “However, the resulting economic impact of this transformation also holds the potential to transform the greater Newport area, and position this area for success for decades to come.”

The exploratory plan was created in conjunction with Newport, Del.-based Apex Engineering, a civil engineering firm with nearly 25 years of experience in New Castle County and the surrounding area. In partnership with Harvey Hanna, Apex will analyze and devise plans for the redevelopment, including the preparation of all preliminary and final site plans for review and approval by New Castle County. The firm will also coordinate with both the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT) to ensure that all applicable environmental and infrastructural standards are met during the redevelopment.

“Apex Engineering is thrilled to begin working on the regeneration of a property that was once one of the great economic drivers in this region,” said Steve Davies, President of Apex Engineering. “We take tremendous pride in this project and are honored to have the chance to play a role in its transformation into a state-of-the-art facility that can bring thousands of jobs back to New Castle County.”

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.

The Delaware River Industrial Park is Now Leasing 100,000 S.F. Warehouse

February 20, 2018

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.

For more information call: Thomas J. Hanna (302) 323-9300 Ext.112 /

HHA Looking for a Marketing Assistant

February 13, 2018

Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc.

Marketing Assistant 

Job Summary:

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

Minimum Requirements

  • 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


12 Snow and Ice Removal Tips for Commercial Property Owners

8 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business Workplace This Winter

February 6, 2018

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%.