Housing and commercial projects on tap in Seaford

By Ronald MacArthur

The sound of heavy machinery and carpenters at work will be a commonplace sound in the Seaford area - get used to it. Several major projects are under way in city limits and several more on the drawing board. If all of the current residential projects on the books become a reality, nearly 3,000 new homes (duplexes, single-family and town homes) will be built within city limits. The following is an update of current and proposed projects, according to Mike Mulvaney, the City of Seaford's building official.

Residential projects under construction include the following:
Belle Ayre - The housing project, located off Atlanta Road, is under construction with infrastructure (roads, water and sewer) being put in currently. No homes have been constructed yet but when completed there will be 193 residential units. Governor's Grant - With infrastructure almost in place, homes are under construction in the project off Atlanta Road (adjacent to Belle Ayre). The project contains 96 units with more R-3 townhouse units to come at a later date, according to Mulvaney. Mearfield - Located on Herring Run Road, the project is awaiting final state permits to begin construction. All plans have been approved by the city. When completed, there will be 213 units in the development.

Proposed residential projects include the following:
Gallery Pointe - Circle J. Developers in Georgetown announced plans in June for a new 150,000 square foot entertainment mall (complete with an eight-screen cinema) as part of their housing development. The development, located along Tharp Road on 170 acres behind Wal-Mart, will contain 536 units including duplexes and single-family homes. No plans have been presented to city officials yet, according to Mulvaney.
Dolby Farm - Located on U.S. 13 north (east side), the development will contain a mixture of townhouses and single-family homes with commercial sites along the highway. Mulvaney said that the plans include a total of 263 units. Sketch plans have been approved by Seaford planning and zoning and city county (preliminary and final plans to be approved).
Seaford Riverfront Project - A variance and preliminary plans have been approved by Seaford planning and zoning and council for 52 condominiums along the Nanticoke River on the old Miller property (final plans still to be approved). It will be the first riverfront housing development within city limits.
Seaford 36 LLC - Located off U.S. 13 (behind Clark's Pools), the residential project has been presented to the state Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) committee. Mulvaney said that it will contain somewhere in the vicinity of 375 residential units. No plans have been presented to city officials yet.
Smoot Property - Although the city's planning and zoning and council have approved a sketch plan for 378 residential units on a parcel located off U.S. 13 north (on the east side across from Seaford Harley-Davidson), Mulvaney said," We haven't seen any updates on this project for quite a while." There is also some commercial zoning along U.S. 13 (preliminary and final plans still be be approved).
Tull Meadows - Preliminary plans have been approved by the city's planning and zoning commission and the city council for the housing project of 501 units located on a parcel behind the Nylon Capital Shopping Center (final plans still to be approved).
Village at Stoney Brooke - The housing development, located off Tharp Road adjacent to the Beaver Dam development, will contain 345 units - condominiums, apartments and duplexes. Part of the development will be devoted to residents aged 55 and above.
Commercial projects within the city limits include the following:
Home Depot - Just last week, the Seaford City Council approved preliminary site plans for a new Home Depot on a 14-acre parcel south of Leon Brown's Floor Covering between U.S. 13 and 13A. The 133,000 square foot home improvement center is expected to be open in the second quarter of 2006 (final plans still to be approved). Lowe's Complex - Preliminary site plans have been approved by city officials for this project which not only contains a 137,000 square foot Lowe's, but also a strip shopping center with a bank and restaurants. The complex will be located on the parcel at the intersection of Herring Run Road and U.S. 13. "They are working hard with the state to get approvals and start construction," Mulvaney said (final plans still to be approved). Herring Run Business Park - A new medical office complex is under construction (adjacent to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Mear's Campus) off Bridgeville Highway. The complex will house Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Delaware Open MRI, the Seaford Injury Treatment Center and Physiotherapy Associates. Halpern project - Across the street from the Herring Run Business Park, work is due to start on a new office complex for Halpern Eye Associates (they are currently located on West Stein Highway). Mulvaney said that office space will also be available for lease in the complex. Ross Business Park - According to Mulvaney, there is a lot of work going on in the Ross Business Park. The owners of the FedEX distribution center are on a fast track to get the new building open in September as the city coordinates with its contractor to get a new road, Venture Drive, built in time for the opening. Mulvaney said that the portion of Market Street that runs into the park will also be completed as part of the project. The distribution sits on 15 acres of land in the Ross Business Park. Across the street from FedEX, the owners of Falco Industries are in the process of a multiyear project constructing a warehouse complex on a five-acre parcel.

MISC. PROJECTS
State funds - The Delaware General Assembly approved funds for two projects in Seaford this fiscal year: $191,000 for a bike/pedestrian path along Pine Street Ext. to the Gov. Ross Mansion and $500,000 to help complete the Seaford Sports Complex.
City project - Work is nearly complete on the second men's softball field at the Seaford Sports Complex, according to Ron Breeding, director of parks and recreation and facilities for the city. Final work on the sod was completed last week and play is expected to begin on the field in the near future.

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