It appears the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce has found a new location, although the chairman of its board of directors would only say the group is working on a contract.

It appears the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce has found a new location, although the chairman of its board of directors would only say the group is working on a contract.

Earlier this year, the chamber sent out a request for proposals looking for a new location for its headquarters.

James Manos, owner of a building at 32 S. Sandusky St., told the Delaware Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on Wednesday, March 24, he was completing contract terms with the chamber to take over the 2,150-square-foot first floor of the building.

The chamber's offices are now at 23 N. Union St. in a building that has been for sale for more than a year.

Scott Cubberly, chair of the chamber's board of directors, said the group is "still working through the terms of the contract ... and have nothing to announce at this time."

Manos is currently renovating the Sandusky Street building, which was constructed in 1883. Plans are to have an apartment on the top floor and office space on the first floor.

He was seeking HPC approval Wednesday for new windows on the second floor to meet safety requirements, as well as improvements to a former garage at the rear of the building for another apartment. He also wanted approval for faade improvements at the front of the building.

Earlier this year, he converted the second floor of the Cubberly Building at 34 S. Sandusky St. for residential use, Manos said. The success of that project prompted him to buy the adjoining building, he said.

For more on this story, see the March 28 edition of ThisWeek Delaware.