Gallery Pointe includes housing, mall and cinema

By Ronald MacArthur

Plans for a 50-plus adult community in Seaford also include a 150,000 square foot entertainment mall. Circle J Developers of Georgetown has announced plans for the 170-acre project (Gallery Pointe) including duplex homes, single family homes and a large mall - complete with the area’s only cinema. The project will be located behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter off Tharp Road. According to Katie Sapna, the marketing coordinator for George Miles & Buhr (engineers on the project), the mall will focus on entertainment. She said that plans include an eight-screen movie theater, arcades, entertainment-related shops and restaurants. She added that the developers are working with specialty shops such as Great Harvest Bread Company and national chains such as Texas Roadhouse, Cold Stone Creamery and Claim Jumpers to become part of the new mall. According to Sapna, the central focus of the entertainment mall will be the Waltzing Waters, a computerized water show featuring music and lights. “Visitors can enjoy the Waltzing Waters while dining or waiting for their movie to begin,” Sapna said. The entertainment mall will front on Tharp Road (Rt. 534), according to Charles Anderson, the director of operations for the City of Seaford. “It will serve the community as well as the larger area as well,” he said. The main entrance for the project will be Tharp Road. According to Anderson, improvements will have to be done along the road to “ accommodate the development.” In addition, Anderson said that a new service road, running from Tharp Road north and south to Old Furnace Road, will also be tied into the project. “We have been working with DelDOT to establish the new corridor preservation road running behind Wal-Mart to tie into Old Furnace Road,” he said. “We are working with the alignment of the road with DelDOT right now. In some areas, it will be frontage and others it will be a back road.” The new service road will be a help to keep traffic off congested U.S. 13, according to Anderson.
The 50-plus restricted community within Gallery Pointe will consist of 330 duplex homes (there will be seven to eight models to choose from) with 120 single-family homes (with four different models). Sapna said that plans call for a 12,000 square foot community building to be located in the center of the development which will include a large indoor pool. City officials have approved Gallery Pointe’s zoning and annexation into the city. The plans have been preliminary reviewed by DelDOT and the city and Circle J is in the process of submitting formal applications for preliminary site plan approval to the city. According to Sapna, the developers expect to break ground in the spring of 2006. George, Miles & Buhr, LLC (GMB) Architects and Engineers is providing the architectural design services for the project as well as the utility design for the City of Seaford. The site engineers are Donovan Associates of Dover. “GMB plans for the entertainment mall to include a contemporary design and the homes to be designed to be more formal and artistic,” Sapna said. “And the street names will be named after famous artists to incorporate the gallery theme,” she added. Circle J Developers, LLC has four divisions including development, property management, construction and communication. The company was created in 2002 by Barry Joseph and Robin James. Their first development was the Villages of Cinderberry, a 160-home community in Georgetown. They are also developing Canal Woods at Waterside near Bethany Beach. Circle J Construction builds the infrastructure for their developments themselves, including roads, ponds and stormwater systems. Circle J Property Management maintains their developments, providing exterior home maintenance and grounds keeping. Circle J Communications, through fiber optics, provides the phone, data and TV systems for their developments. The company headquarters is currently at the Village at Cinderberry in Georgetown but will move to Gallery Pointe once construction begins.

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