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Former Delaware GM Plant Eyed for 3M-SF Redevelopment

Delaware-based Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc., submitted an exploratory plan to redevelop the former General Motors plant in Wilmington, DE into a three-million-square-foot business, fulfillment and distribution campus. The Brownfield Redevelopment plans call for the demolition of the former automobile manufacturing plant at 801 Boxwood Rd.

Hanna & Associates’ Thomas J. Hanna says, “These plans represent a critical first step in rebuilding this storied property into a modern distribution and business campus that can provide a critical source of jobs, and serve as a new and lasting economic engine for the entire region.”

Harvey Hanna, which acquired the 142-acre property in 2017, proposes construction of a thriving modern campus. All three-million square feet of dormant buildings would be demolished to make way for four buildings with a lower overall footprint than the previous structure.

The multi-phased concept plan must be reviewed and approved by New Castle County and other state regulatory agencies.


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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