Millsboro: Annexation request includes plans for hotel, restaurant pad site

MILLSBORO – Property that once was a Veterans of Foreign Wars base on DuPont Boulevard in Millsboro is the focus of requested annexation and a possible future location of a hotel.

Millsboro town council at its June 4 meeting received an annexation request on behalf of the revocable trust of James D. Parker and Mary Beth Parker.

The property is located on the northbound side of U.S. 113/DuPont Boulevard. It is in the town’s highway commercial district and zoned C-1.

“We have purchased two properties recently. Both parcels are indicated on the town of Millsboro zoning as potential annexation area,” said Kinsley Parker, sales/marketing manager for Jim Parker Builders, Inc. “So, we’re here to request for the proposed annexation process of these properties to begin.”

Millsboro Vice Mayor Michelle Truitt appointed an annexation committee to address the applicant’s request.

James D. Parker addressed council on prospective plans for property, if annexed.

“Our vision for the property would be we’d like to see a hotel with some type of a restaurant pad site put in. We feel Millsboro is in the need at this current time for that,” said Mr. Parker. “We have not got a particular brand done right now. We are in the process of doing some studies and research and hopefully within the new two to three weeks we’ll have that information back.”

“We have looked at several different ones and met with different ones,” said Mr. Parker. “But right now, most of them really won’t get serious with you until they know you have a property that has the availability of being processed as a hotel” with water and sewer.

“Of course, there is water and sewer fairly close by. So that shouldn’t be a problem,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson.

Last November, the town of Millsboro approved a zoning change in the highway commercial district that increased allowable maximum building height from 35 feet to 60 feet, exclusively for hotels.

The town’s hopes of attracting major hotel interest along DuPont Boulevard has drawn a pitch for an Avid Hotel – a relatively new midscale brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group, which is the parent company of Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express.

At council’s May 7 meeting, conceptual plans for a four-story, 79-room Avid Hotel along southbound U.S. 113 were presented to town council by Pennoni Associates.

“And what would be nice about that – if everything goes according to plan – is we’d have one on the southbound side and one on the northbound side in terms of potentially new chain-type hotels,” said Mr. Hudson. “And, of course, we have the existing Atlantic Inn as well. So, with the two new ones, you’d have a total of three. I think for a town that is on the move and growing the way Millsboro is, it is something we definitely need.”

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

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