Millsboro: Town council OKs Avid Hotel preliminary plans

MILLSBORO – It is “permission granted” for preliminary plans for a proposed Avid Hotel along DuPont Boulevard in Millsboro.

Millsboro town council at its Sept. 4 meeting approved preliminary site plans for the four-story, 79-room hotel on the southern end of Peninsula Crossing just off southbound U.S. 113 near Handy Road.

Council’s unanimous approval followed an adjustment petitioning request by Pennoni Associates’ planner Mark Davidson for rerouting water and sewer service across Commerce Drive into two parcels at the hotel site.

In May of this year, Mr. Davidson unveiled conceptual plans for a four-story 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.

Alan Decktor, a staff engineer with Pennoni Associates, updated council on preliminary plans.

Plans include an outdoor pool in the rear. Preliminary plans do not include any sort of conference or large meeting rooms.

“I believe, the schematic plan for the building itself did not have any meeting rooms. It strictly just hotel rooms,” Mr. Decktor said.

The hotel height is approximately 50 feet, well below the 60-foot maximum cap approved by council last November in a zoning change exclusively for prospective hotels along the town’s highway commercial district.

There is one proposed entrance/exit access off Commerce Drive.

No variances are being sought at present, but Mr. Decktor said a variance request could be forthcoming pertaining to signage.

Approvals from the State Fire Marshal, Department of Transportation and Soil Conservation District are anticipated, Mr. Decktor said.

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