The Hockessin Planning Partnership (HPP) committee met on Monday, Feb 11 to discuss the top concerns for the Hockessin area.
The HPP, which had its initial meeting in 2007, has been established to develop bridges between the many diverse groups working to plan, promote and guide revitalization of Hockessin's commercial districts while assisting in strengthening its neighborhoods via economic redevelopment.
Ken Murphy, President of the HPP, revisited the Plan for Hockessin in order to determine which components needed updating. Each member of the group focused on the planning for the Hockessin area and offered comments on their vision for Hockessin and what they want for Hockessin in the next five to ten years.
Peg Castorani, Chairperson of the Hockessin Business Association (HBA), said that one her major concerns for the Village is the lack of safety of the railroad crossing on Old Lancaster Pike across from the Fire Station. "There is no information for passengers on where to eat, and fifteen minutes later the whistle blows," Joe Lake, President of Hockessin Historical Society (HHS), concurred.
Lake said parking is another issue that should be addressed in Hockessin. "A parking garage should be built for $4 million on Old Lancaster Pike," Lake said. "The clock is ticking and we are always too late."
Other priorities discussed included saving historical sites, the building of sidewalks, and preserving open space.
"The next step is to summarize the list of goals and potential projects, prioritize the lists and update the Hockessin Village Plan, and then partner with the elected officials and community representatives to work on the implementation of the plan," Murphy said.
The HPP will also solicit input from the leadership of the many non-profit organizations in the Hockessin area.
The HPP meets on the second Monday of every month.