Ashley HomeStore: Millsboro annexation hurdle unanimously cleared

MILLSBORO – With no public objection and council’s annexation approval, property along Millsboro’s U.S. 113 corridor could be the future home of an Ashley HomeStore.

Millsboro council at its March 5 meeting unanimously approved the annexation request from Erin Bradly Enterprises LLC. The public hearing on proposed annexation prior to council’s action drew no comment.

Present at the meeting was Justin Barnes, son of Larry and Beth Barnes, founders of the Barnes Furniture Campus family business that includes Ashley HomeStore and FurnitureLand in Delmar, Delaware. Justin Barnes serves as vice president of operations.

‘Welcome to Millsboro,” said Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood.

The annexed property is located on northwest corner of southbound DuPont Highway and Dickerson Road, just south of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Delmarva Health Pavilion.

Once officially annexed from Sussex County, the land will be zoned highway commercial.

“As it comes into the town – we have different zoning designations – so it will be highway commercial, which basically is the most robust zoning category,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “Theoretically, they can bring in a site plan next month and start that side of the process.”

The annexation plan of services was submitted and accepted by the state, Mr. Hudson said.

In another commercial business action, town council approved final site plans for a new Hardees restaurant to be built at the northwest corner of U.S. 113 and Radish Road.

The new restaurant, will replace an existing Hardees further north on U.S. 113.

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