Millsboro council OKs preliminary plans for Taco Bell restaurant

MILLSBORO – Commercial development along Millsboro’s busy U.S. 113 corridor has landed preliminary interest from another well-known fast-food chain.

Millsboro town council by a 5-0 vote Monday evening approved preliminary site plans for a Taco Bell restaurant.

The proposed 2,753-square-foot restaurant and drive-thru would be located on Commerce Drive in the Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center, immediately south of the Chick-fil-A restaurant, which opened back in early April.

AECOM, one of the town’s consulting firms, reviewed the preliminary site plan prepared by The Pettit Group LLC.

Council members Bradley Cordrey, Tim Hodges, Larry Gum, Jim Kells and vice mayor Michelle Truitt approved the preliminary plans. Council’s approval is contingent that concerns regarding dumpster placement and curb cutting be addressed.

Mayor John Thoroughgood and councilman Ron O’Neal were absent from the June 4 meeting.

Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson informed council that Millsboro Public Works Director Kenny Niblett expressed concern regarding the placement of the dumpster. “We don’t allow nighttime deliveries in town,” said Mr. Hudson. “There are two parking spots in front of the dumpster currently, so that is something that Kenny thinks needs to be addressed.”

In AECOM’s review, project manager Kyle Gulbronson noted there is a second existing curb cut from Commerce Drive to the property. AECOM’s recommendation is if the curb cut is not being utilized, it should be removed, curbed and sidewalks be extended along the frontage of Commerce Drive to yield a continuous sidewalk.

Currently, rain water collects in the curb cut area and ponding on Commerce Drive occurs, and this situation should be corrected during the development process, Mr. Gulbronson noted in AECOM’s review.

Prior to approval of final site plan, the town should assure that approvals have been received from Sussex Conservation District, State Fire Marshal and the town engineer.

Taco Bell would join a growing commercial development along DuPont Boulevard and Commerce Drive that includes Chick-fil-A, Popeyes, McDonald’s, Burger King and Royal Farms.

Plans are currently in the works for an Ashley HomeStore further south along DuPont Boulevard, south of  Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Delmarva Health Pavilion.

At its May 7 meeting Millsboro council received from Pennoni Associates conceptual plans for a four-story, 79-room Avid Hotel, a relatively new mid-scale brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group, which is the parent company of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

“I think people can sense the buzz,” said Mr. Hudson. “More and more people are getting onboard which is great.”

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