Part of ongoing NVF renovations under DNREC

Work is expected to begin soon on a water line extending from Hockessin to the continued development project at National Vulcanized Fiber (NVY) in Yorklyn.

According to Artesian Water Company Environmental and Community Outreach Advocate Michael bard, Artesian will be installing approximately 6,000 feet of water main from Yorklyn Road and Wilmington Road to Gun Club Road at the entrance to the former-NVF property.

Artesian is expecting to start construction in early November and conclude the project in early 2018.

Bids for the project were opened on Oct. 10, and New Castle based Cirillio Brothers will handle the construction, according to Delware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control spokesman Matt Chesser.

“Cirillo has done a lot of other NVF onsite work for us, they’re familiar with the project,” Chesser said.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the State of Delaware on this public-private partnership to revitalize the former-NVF property,” Bard said, “For over 110 years, Artesian has provided superior service to Delawareans and we are proud to be able to bring public water service and fire protection to this area of New Castle County.”

The site is currently under development by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as a multi-use facility with commercial, recreational, and residential amenities.

The project has seen much work in recent months, with the removal of numerous derelict buildings, the installation of a retention pond, restoration of wetlands, and ongoing zinc removal and environmental remediation.

The state purchased 40 acres of the 80-acre site for $2.6 million following NVF’s bankruptcy over a decade ago.

According to DelDOT Planning and Highways manager Mike Hahn, the work is to supply and channel in a new water line to the DNREC/NVF redevelopment area from Old Wilmington Road.   

Work is expected to begin over the next few weeks, with minimal impact expected.

Commuters can expect cones and sections blocked off with flaggers at times.  Signage will be posted closer to construction time.