Delaware City – The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the new $20 million Delaware City project. Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt, and DMV Director Jennifer Cohan were joined by U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Governor Jack Markell, Lt. Governor Matt Denn, State Representative Valerie Longhurst, State Senator Nicole Poore, Wohlsen Construction Sr. Vice President Mike Berardi, contractors, other elected officials and employees in celebrating the ribbon cutting for the flagship DMV complex.
Located just to the south of the existing DART Mid County maintenance facility off Route 13 & ¼ mile south of the Route 72 and Route 1 overpass (exit 152) the Delaware City DMV is located on a 24-acre parcel and boasts a seven-bay inspection lane, four drive through teller windows, and 30 customer counter spots, all in a 42,000 square foot building. The new facility, which took just over one year to complete, replaces the existing New Castle site located at Churchman’s & Airport Road. Opened in 1965, the New Castle facility had been expanded and modified several times over the years to accommodate increasing customer volumes.
“I have anticipated this event since my first day as DMV Director. It is one of my proudest moments to be able to officially say the Delaware City DMV facility is completed,” stated DMV Director Jennifer Cohan. “Our customers and staff have had to deal with restricted operating space for many years at the former site. The DMV takes great pride in providing first class service to our customers. Now that this flagship complex is ready for business we are prepared to serve them all efficiently and comfortably for another 50 years!”
The New Castle DMV staff of 60 employees currently serves an average of nearly 35,000 customers per month in a variety of driver, vehicle, and transportation services. With the move to the Delaware City location and its proximity to the population centers of Middletown, Bear, and the Route 40 & 72 corridors the average number of customers is expected to rise in the coming years.
“I think I can speak for many Delawareans when I say that this new DMV is a welcome addition to our state,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “This new facility will efficiently serve thousands of motorists, including myself, and I’m proud that the state worked hard to make sure it is energy-efficient as well.”
The Delaware City DMV facility has been designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Numerous environmentally friendly design practices and materials have been incorporated into the project. For example, the building envelope design contains a high level of insulation which improves the efficient performance of the mechanical systems, leading to increased user comfort.