Final site plans approved for Ashley Furniture HomeStore

MILLSBORO – Site work should soon begin for the Ashley Furniture HomeStore following Millsboro town council’s conditional approval of final site plans.

Alan Decktor, staff engineer with Pennoni Associates and the project manager for Ashley Furniture HomeStore, presented a final update at council’s Aug. 6 meeting.

The approximate 22,000 square-foot, one-story building will be built at Dickerson Road and DuPont Boulevard, just south of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Delmarva Health Pavilion.

The 1.9-acre parcel, which butts the south end of the Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center, was annexed into the town of Millsboro in March by council following a public annexation hearing.

The annexation request was on behalf of Erin Bradly Enterprises LLC. The new store will join the Barnes Furniture Campus family business that includes Ashley HomeStore and FurnitureLand in Delmar, Delaware.

Site work is expected to begin in September, Mr. Decktor said.

Council’s conditional approval was contingent upon final Delaware Department of Transportation approval and Sussex Conservation District regarding storm-water. Those approvals were expected to be received within days of the meeting, Mr. Decktor said.

Police promotion

Town council approved Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway’s request for promotion of officer Joseph Mulhern to the rank of Patrolman First Class.

Sign grant program

Millsboro’s new sign replacement/improvement program featuring grant funding is drawing interest from town businesses.

About a half dozen applications had been received as of early August for grant funding allocated in the town’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget that began July 1. The town budgeted $50,000.

Grant funding – with a maximum $2,000 per property – may be utilized for improvements such as lighting replacement, outright sign replacement, demolition to make way for new signage and awning signs.

“The businesses have been very receptive and appreciative, the ones that we have talked to,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson, who canvassed the business district with assistant town manager Jamie Burk. “It’s always nice when people see you coming and they know it might be a good thing and not necessarily a cause for concern. That is kind of the reputation that we want to reinforce, that it goes back to that business-friendly orientation that we have in the town.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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