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3/27/2009
Renaissance Village is now Darley Green; First townhouses being built - Delaforum.com

Renaissance Village is now Darley Green. Donald Robitzer, an official of the Commonwealth Group, said the new name was chosen because it will be "more marketable."

He told the Claymont Design Review Advisory Committee that the former name, derived from the community's renewal movement, was "awkward and difficult to spell." Felix Darley, a renowned 19th Century illustrator, lived just north of the 67-acre site. His home, known in his time as the Wren's Nest, still stands. It is owned by the state of Delaware. Robitzer did not make the connection, but Helena Springer Green was the wife of early-20th Century industrialist John Raskob. They lived east of the site on an estate which they called Archmere. Their home is now one of the buildings on the Archmere Academy campus.

Appearing at the committee's meeting on Mar. 25 to secure approval to erect temporary signs to lead prospective buyers to a sales office, Robitzer denied a rumor that the first townhouse structure, now being built, would be the extent of immediate construction. The entire first block of residences, he said, will be completed by the end of the year. He said the development firm is receiving "at least 25 to 30 calls a day" and now has a databank of more than 350 names of people who have indicated  interest in the locale. Initial units, he said, will be priced in the low-$200,000 range. 

 

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