Ashley HomeStore: Millsboro council slates public hearing on annexation

MILLSBORO – Millsboro’s town council is going public with an annexation request that could land a popular Delmarva furniture retailer on the southern tip of the town’s busy U.S. 113 business corridor.

Acting on the annexation committee’s recommendation, council at Monday night’s meeting voted 7-0 to schedule a public hearing on the proposed annexation of property earmarked for an Ashley Furniture HomeStore.

“Basically, we found no reasons wanting to not have it annexed,” said councilman Larry Gum, who chaired the committee with vice mayor Michelle Truitt and councilman Jim Kells. “We recommend it.”

The public hearing will be held during town council’s regular March meeting.

The proposed annexation property is located on the northwest corner of southbound DuPont Highway and Dickerson Road. It is just south of the Delmarva Health Pavilion.

If annexed, it would be serviced by town sewer and water.

Larry and Beth Barnes, founders of the Barnes Furniture Campus family business that includes Ashley HomeStore and FurnitureLand in Delmar, attended Millsboro council’s January meeting with son Justin Barnes, who serves as vice president of operations.

The application for annexation is from Erin Bradly Enterprises LLC.

Before council’s vote, Mr. Gum noted that the property is adjacent to state-maintained roads and will not be a warehouse-type facility.

“It will be a showroom. So, there won’t be a lot of truck traffic coming in there,” said Mr. Gum.

Council’s annexation committee met Jan. 22. Also in attendance were Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson and representatives of the applicant.

“The presentation was attractive,” said Mr. Kells.

Mr. Hudson informed council that Duffield Associates, one of the town’s consultants, has been notified of this annexation and is starting to work on the plan of services that the state requires.

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

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