Dover officials dedicated recently finished murals in the city’s downtown Friday.
The pieces from artist Josh Nobling are along Loockerman Street. One is a postcard image on the Family Dollar. The other depicts large birds native to Delaware on the Mitten & Winters building. They were paid for by the city and the state neighborhood building blocks fund.
More than 50 community members participated in painting the murals.
“They’re bringing some real color and brightness at key points. In the terms of the family dollar—at a key entry point to downtown Dover from the west end,” said Executive Director for the Downtown Dover Partnership Diane Liard.
But the dedication ceremony comes just days after Dover lost one of its premier downtown restaurants. In a Facebook post this week owners of 33 West Bar and Grill announced it is closing indefinitely due to restrictions during the pandemic.
But Mayor Robin Christiansen remains hopeful about Dover’s downtown revitalization.
“People still want to go to stores and they want to touch things before buying," sid Christiansen. "So we have a number of vibrant stores that are still fighting a valiant fight and hopefully we’ll overcome this pandemic.”
33 West is now only open for reservation holiday parties.
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