Millsboro: Public hearing set for annexation request for possible hotel

The former Veterans of Foreign Wars property on northbound US 113 is the focus of an annexation request and a possible future location for a hotel along Millsboro’s highway commercial district.

MILLSBORO – Annexation is the lynch-pin that could bring additional hotel interest to the town of Millsboro’s DuPont Boulevard highway corridor.

Potential annexation of the former Veterans of Foreign Wars property on northbound U.S. 113 received another green light at town council’s July 2 meeting as council agreed to move forward with a public hearing.

That hearing is set for Monday, Aug 6. The council meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Jim Parker of Jim Parker Builders had addressed council at its June 4 meeting, saying their vision for the property is for a hotel with some type of a restaurant pad site. At that time there was no particular brand of hotel in the picture, Mr. Parker said. That he said would come with annexation and subsequent availability of the property being processed for a hotel with water and sewer.

The appointed annexation committee of council members Tim Hodges, Bradley Cordrey and Larry Gum, along with Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson met June 12 with James D. Parker and Kinsley Parker.

Two properties proposed for annexation are eligible for annexation under the town’s comprehensive plan. Both are earmarked for the town’s highway commercial district.

The committee’s “pro” findings included:

  • This could be the first hotel built along northbound U.S. 113 (DuPont Boulevard), for which there is a need;
  • Town wastewater service would have less-adverse impact on the environment as opposed to septic systems;
  • Annexation would reduce the size on an enclave within municipal limits, enclaves are discouraged by the state of Delaware;
  • Property tax and water and wastewater revenue would increase.

While the planned hotel would have some impact on the town’s water and sewer systems and a minor impact on overall traffic, the committee identified no major “cons.”

The committee did suggest that council only approve the request if the applicant agrees to enter into a cross-access easement agreement at the earliest possible opportunity with the current or future owner of the adjoining property to the south.

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

Hopes of attracting major hotel interest along DuPont Boulevard earlier this year drew a pitch for an Avid Hotel – a mid-scale brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group, which is the parent company of Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express.

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

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

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