Seaford considering eight properties for annexation
by Annette C. Silva
Following a brief swearing-in ceremony last Tuesday at City Hall
during which Mayor Daniel Short, Councilwoman Grace Peterson and
Councilman Larry Miller were officially welcomed into their new
terms of office, City Manager Dolores Slatcher outlined the city's
proposal to annex eight parcels of land, seven of which are located
on US 13 north, and one Atlanta Road property, which is owned by
the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department.
Slatcher explained that any and all projects for construction on
these parcels of land will require the full approval of the Delaware
Department of Transportation (DelDot), but she said the parcels
would be developed if annexed.
On the parcels that don't have existing electrical service, the
city will provide such service; on properties that are electrically
connected, Seaford will buy the service from Conectiv.
Slatcher said all of the properties existing outside of the city
limits do not have water and sewer services at this time but that,
if annexed, when city water and sewer services are extended, the
property owners will be tied into the new lines.
One of the properties included in the annexation is the Smoot Farm
(108 acres), a parcel currently being negotiated between realtor
Tommy Cooper and a Maryland developer for plans to build a grocery
store, theater complex and other shops.
"The advantage of annexing these parcels is that it will increase
our tax base and encourage growth in our area," said Slatcher. The
downside, she said, would be the increase in traffic on Route 13.
Slatcher said that if the city votes to annex these properties during
an April 18 annexation election to be held at City Hall between
2 and 6 p.m., the request will be sent to the Delaware State Planning
Office for approval.
Slatcher said they don't anticipate problems with state approvals
because the lands are included in DelDot's "B" category investment
areas, those considered viable because of location, traffic flow
and the existence of side roads.
"DelDot would like to avoid installing new traffic lights if possible,"
Riverwalk Phase III will go Forward
The continuation of the Riverwalk project leading along the Nanticoke
River from Front Street to the bottom of Cannon Street, including
boardwalk, is officially a "go."
Council approved a bid by Hastings Marine Construction Company to
shore-up the riverbank and to build the boardwalk.
They also approved a Bartons' Landscaping bid to plant sod, shrubs,
trees and to install an irrigation system.
City offers reinvestment incentives for businesses
A Seaford ordinance has been created for property owners who wish
to reinvest in the city.
Those who qualify will be granted a sum of money for start up costs
associated with a new business.
qualifying project is one that:
(1) involves an existing building within the Seaford
(2) demonstrates substantial improvements to be made
that will increase the appraised value of the property by 50% or more,
or, will create substantial employment opportunities for residents
of the greater Seaford area;
(3) has been recommended by the Economic Development
group and approved by the Seaford City Council;
(4) Organizations with non-profit status will not qualify.
For information regarding incentive amounts and requirements, or to
request an application, call 302-629-9173 or fax requests for information
to 302-629-9307 or e-mail at www.seafordde.com.
Another lot to be sold at Industrial Park
Council approved the sale of a corner lot (Lot #2) at Seaford Industrial
Park to John McFarland, owner of Delmarva Builders, Inc. and American
Council addressed their reservations, previously discussed to their
satisfaction with Mr. McFarland, regarding the aesthetic drawbacks
of possible storage of large pipes and well rigs outside of the building
McFarland plans to construct on the property.
McFarland assured council members that, if necessary, he would plant
Leyland Cypress trees around the area to serve as a green fence, thus
allaying these concerns.
The building that McFarland plans to construct will be earthtone with
fieldstone; it will have a paved entrance and appropriate landscaping
respecting the convenants of the Industrial Park.
Seaford House gets a new home this spring
With Patrick Ryan and Alvin French of the architectural firm of French
and Ryan represented in Council chambers, city building official Charles
Anderson elaborated an architectural plan for a new 6,480-foot building
for Seaford House, a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents
under the age of 18.
Seaford House, currently located on Market Street, has sorely outgrown
their residence there, according to Sally Higgins of the Children
and Families First Program.
Higgins attended the meeting to represent Seaford House.
The new building, which council approved for construction, will be
located on land northwest of the Seaford Police Department with a
50-foot buffer along Market Street Extended.
The one-story facility will include fencing and a line of trees planted
along the 50-foot buffer.
The design is for a residential building that will blend with the
area's general architecture, said Anderson. Seaford House will accommodate
16 residents, according to Higgins.
The architects said they expect to receive bids in the latter part
of March and anticipate that construction will begin in April or May.
They have a six-month target date to complete the new Seaford House.
Higgins thanked council members for their efforts on behalf of the