Wilmington/Baltimore Avenues Streetscape

The City of Rehoboth Beach is moving forward to develop a streetscape improvement concept for the first two blocks of Baltimore and Wilmington avenues as well as adjacent blocks of First and Second streets in order to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety and to enhance ambiance that supports commercial vitality.

In February 2021, the city contracted with Rossi Group to develop a streetscape concept plan, including a preliminary construction cost estimate for phased implementation. The city also has formed a Streetscape Task Force comprised of property and business owners, community organizations, and city commissioners and staff to provide guidance and feedback.

Tentative project schedule

February 26, 2021      Rossi kickoff meeting and site visit
March 31                     Project kickoff with task force
May 26                         Rossi to present initial schematics to task force
Summer                       Draft concept and cost estimate prepared
Aug/Sept                      Final streetscape concept/cost estimate presented
Sept. 29                        Streetscape concept public meeting held.
                                      See pdf of open house displays. 
December 7                 Final concept plan presented
December 14               Presentation on undergrounding logistics and challenges

Notable milestones

  • At its April 16 meeting, the Board of Commissioners adopted the task force’s recommendations related to specific design concepts to be incorporated into the streetscape improvement concept, including:
    • proceeding with the concept plan without a traffic study
    • not utilizing one-way streets
    • investigating the most practical way to underground utilities
    • abandoning pursuit of limited vehicle access zones except for consideration at the ends of Baltimore and Wilmington avenues near the boardwalk
  • Rossi Streetscape Concept Presentation to Task Force - May 26
  • Open House for concept presentation held September 29. See graphic displays from Open House. Public comments were accepted through October 28.