Finalized subdivision key to more business along U.S. 113 in Millsboro

MILLSBORO — Finalized subdivision looms as the lynch-pin to pave the way for more highway business development along U.S. 113.

A Sherwin Williams paint store, a coffee shop/restaurant featuring drive-thru convenience and a Tractor Supply store are retail businesses proposed for property off southbound DuPont Boulevard.

The paint store, coffee shop and an unspecified retail business are included in the 9,000 square-foot three-store strip mall that would front U.S. 113. The proposed strip mill is adjacent to the Farmers Bank of Willards currently under construction next to Rickards Auto Body business.

The Farmers Bank of Willards is well under construction along U.S. 113 in Millsboro. Several more retail businesses are planned on adjacent property, pending final subdivision and approval of final site plans.

The large-scale Tractor Supply business would be located behind the shopping center, according to site plans for DuPont Plaza presented by Brock Parker of Parker & Associates.

Millsboro town council balked at rendering final site plan approval for the shopping center.

Instead, following discussion with Mr. Parker and town solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox, council granted preliminary site plan approval for the strip shopping mall and Tractor Supply.

The missing link: final subdivision approval.

“Everything has to wait until your conditions are satisfied. That is, they do not have final subdivision approval,” said Ms. Schrider-Fox. “You granted preliminary subdivision approval last month. It has to come back on the agenda for final approval. So, it is not 100-percent official, that you have carved this property up into four lots.

“Right now, if you were to approve everything you would have too many principle uses on one lot because it is not actually carved up into four lots yet,” said Ms. Schrider-Fox. “It is just again a procedural issue following code.”

Construction of the new bank has been ongoing.

“The reason for that is because there is only one permitted use on that lot right now, that is permitted before the subdivision,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “It is kind of a technical thing, but basically even if that is one big lot there is only one permitted use, so you are OK. Then they had to come back and say, ‘OK, we want to subdivide the rest of this.’ You will still have one on each lot but basically you can have four permitted uses at that point, principle permitted uses.”

Mr. Parker is hopeful everything will be set by September’s town council meeting.

“We’ll see you back here next month,” said Mr. Parker. “As I mentioned before, I am four to six weeks away from getting all of my approvals to start construction anyway.”

Preliminary plans OKed for Mid-Atlantic Animal Hospital

Further north on DuPont Boulevard, plans are in the pipeline for Mid-Atlantic Animal Hospital — a 3,000-square-foot medical office building at U.S. 113 and Delaware Avenue.

The property is the site of the former McDonald’s restaurant.

“That is exciting, too,” said Mr. Hudson. “It will really be nice to have something on that west side of U.S. 113, especially with all of the residential growth on that side of town.”

Town council approved preliminary site plans prepared by the Pelsa Company for Dr. Timothy V. Dabkowski. AECOM, the town’s consulting firm, has reviewed preliminary plans.

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