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Businesses reiterate opposition to medians planned for Rombach project

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WILMINGTON — After detailed explanations on the Rombach Avenue Paving Project, most attendees who spoke at a public meeting Wednesday evening still object to the center medians proposed for the 2020 work.

Local residents, business owners and officials packed the Municipal Building’s Robert Moyer Community Room for the meeting hosted by the City of Wilmington and City Council.

Paul Goodhue, the consultant city engineer, spoke about the project with a presentation breaking down the project and what they hope to get out of it.

A majority of people who signed up to speak were local business/franchise owners who previously spoke in favor of a majority of the project — except for the center medians.

James Mayer, owner of Taco Bell on Rombach Avenue, reiterated his support of the project except for the medians. Mayer believes medians will hurt not only current businesses on Rombach Avenue, but also any future prospects.

“They are business killers,” Mayer said, adding more business owners are deterred from developing in areas with center medians.

Mayer also advised the loss of business and declining sales caused by the medians could lead to loss of tax revenue for the city, with less sales tax, real estate tax, and income tax revues.

“Can the city really afford any loss of revenue?” asked Mayer.

Outside of the business perspective, Nick Babb gave his views as a former emergency services worker. Babb recalled if there was an accident or medical emergency on, they…



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