Downtown Design Guide
This Design Guide is intended to be used to encourage and guide storefront design and development in downtown Seaford.
This Design Guide is intended to be used to encourage and guide storefront design and development in downtown Seaford. This document is voluntary, unless a property owner or tenant wishes to utilize the Seaford Tomorrow Façade Improvement Program matching grant, then this design guide will be mandatory and govern the improvements being made using the matching grant funds. The design guide will serve as a tool for building owners, store owners, and developers to create high quality storefront designs that provide an energetic, vibrant, and exciting shopping experience for downtown Seaford shoppers and visitors.
This design guide grows from the recommendation contained in the 2016 Seaford Community Vision Plan to create Design Guidelines specifically for the historic downtown, and the designated Downtown Development District and extension.
The City of Seaford has also designated the downtown as zoning category C3 Riverfront Enterprise Zone. According to the City of Seaford’s application to become a Downtown Development District in 2014, they noted: “The purpose of the C3 Riverfront Enterprise Zone is to make appropriate provisions for commercial activities for limited commercial and residential development that complement each other and adjacent land uses; and to preserve retail store fronts on High Street.”
Property owner investment in downtown Seaford’s historic buildings is critical to our future. Even small improvements to signs and awnings can make a lasting impact. Our commercial district is unique, and we must protect its architectural character by encouraging quality improvements, maintenance of the pedestrian-oriented street wall on High Street and encouraging on-going building maintenance throughout the downtown.
We invite you to explore this Design Guide to understand how it can help you enhance the character of your property in downtown Seaford.