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Hockessin Community News
  • Hockessin Community Center may avoid sheriff’s sale, thanks to some last minute help

  • The future of the Hockessin Community Center may just be looking up, thanks to a generous offer from the Hockessin Historical Society.


    The Community Center, which is facing a sheriff’s sale on October 31 due to an outstanding $207,000 construction debt, was approached by members of the Hockessin Historical Society to buy the property and restore it to its full potential.


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  • The future of the Hockessin Community Center may just be looking up, thanks to a generous offer from the Hockessin Historical Society.
    The Community Center, which is facing a sheriff’s sale on October 31 due to an outstanding $207,000 construction debt, was approached by members of the Hockessin Historical Society to buy the property and restore it to its full potential.
    The Historical Society has offered to buy the Community Center for $175,000 and restore the property. “We would take title of the property and restore it, but would put two offices in the building, one for them and one for us,” Woodcock said, HHS Director. “This is a real project that the community would embrace,” he said.
    The Community Center, located on Millcreek Road, is a significant piece of Delaware history.  The five-acre property includes School 107C, once a one-room schoolhouse where all African American children were educated. The school played an important role in the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, which discontinued segregation in public education.
    “This is a natural fit for the community,” Woodcock said, who has worked with the Historical Society in other preservation projects including Tweed's Park in Hockessin.
    But Fran Swift, treasurer for the Community Center, said that although the Center is in negotiations with the Historical Society, they are still looking at other options. “We may be receiving a donation from the Longwood Fund or a grant from the Welfare Foundation,” Swift said.
    Swift said that the two groups plan to meet on Sept. 14 to discuss the potential partnership. In the meantime, the Community Center is receiving donations, and Swift said any little bit helps. “We are receiving $10 here, $100, there, and sometimes $1000,” Swift said.
    Woodcock believes the Historical Society has a great reputation in restoration, and is hoping the Community Center decides to collaborate. “In these dire times, people need to work together,” Woodcock said. “And if they can afford it later, they can buy it back from us,” Woodcock stated.
    If you would like to make a donation to the Hockessin Community Center, visit their website at: http://www.hockessincc.org/index.htm.
     

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