US 13 still growing


By Lynn R. Parks

This summer will see the opening of at least two new businesses along US 13 east of Seaford, according to city building official Charles Anderson. And with the recent annexation of a 108-acre farm north of Wal-Mart, that could be only the beginning.
The annexation was agreed to by Seaford voters in April. Original plans called for an eight-screen movie complex, a grocery superstore and at least two national restaurants, as well as an assisted-living facility.
"So far, we have received conceptual plans only," said Anderson. "We have gotten nothing concrete."

Real estate agent Tommy Cooper is handling development of the property. "He is over the annexation milestone," said Anderson. "The ball is in his court now." Cooper was unavailable for comment.
Just south of that property, the Hampton Inn is well under construction. Anderson said that he expects the three-story, 64-room hotel to open by the end of summer. According to assistant city manager Ron Breeding, reservations are already being accepted for the September NASCAR race at Dover Downs.
Happy Harry's, south of the Food Lion, should receive its certificate of occupancy by the end of June, Anderson said.
The certificate is issued by the city after all inspections are made. It is possible, said Anderson, that the store will be stocked before that time and that once the certificate is issued, the doors will open.
Behind Happy Harry's, Seaview Builders, Harrington, is constructing a building that will eventually have four retail units in it. Anderson said that he expects the center to be open sometime this summer.
But all news along the busy highway is not good. Plans for a Goose Creek convenience store at the corner of US 13 and Middleford Road have been scrapped by the owner of the property, Cato Oil, of Salisbury, Md.
Michael Abercrombie, company vice president, said that the decision to forego construction of the store was prompted by a "changing marketplace" and lower gasoline profit margins.
The corner property, which Cato has owned for 30 years, is now up for sale.
The property would be ideal for a fast-food store or other business, Abercrombie said.
Whoever develops it will need to install a guardrail along Middleford Road, mandated by the Delaware Department of Transportation.