Delmar Christmas Parade
Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. - “Celebration of Our Nation.” Applications are available; call 846-3336 or 410-430-6566. The raindate is Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.
‘Sounds Like Christmas’
“Sounds Like Christmas,” Dec. 17, 18, 19, Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, U.S. 13 and Dorthy Road, 7:30 p.m. each night, free admission. Phone 875-7824 for more information.
Convention center is slated for demolition
By Mike McClure
After months of conjecture over the fate of the Delmarva Inn and the Delmarva Convention Center in Delmar, the new owners of the property have shed some light on their plans. Bruce Preston of Mid-Atlantic Realty updated the Delmar Joint Council on the company’s plans for the convention center and inn during last Monday’s council meeting. Preston also requested annexation of the 5.6-acre property, which is located on the corner of U.S. 13 and State Line Road. The company plans to subdivide the property and redevelop it, starting with the northern portion of the property where the convention center currently stands.
Preston said the company, owned by Preston and partners Susan Whaley and Elizabeth Moose, is the contract purchaser of the property. Mid-Atlantic plans to redevelop the northern part of the property which includes the convention center and another building on U.S. 13. This will mean the demolition of those buildings.
The redevelopment will bring three new businesses to the Delmar, Md., property: a bank, a pharmacy and either a restaurant or a retail store. While Mid-Atlantic does not have a signed agreement with any company, Preston said the pharmacy would be a national chain (either Rite Aid or Eckerd).
The property does not include the Beverage Barn or Delmar Diner.
According to Preston, the southern section of the property, with the Delmarva Inn, will stay as it is “for the time being.”
“What’s been moving us is the pharmacy,” said Preston. He added that the company has not started a study of the southern part of the property.
Mid-Atlantic is seeking annexation of the entire property into Delmar and will also subdivide it into four separate lots. After the annexation is complete and the subdivision is complete the developers will seek site plan approval.
The property is currently zoned community commercial (C2) by Wicomico County. Delmar commissioner Larry Points told Preston he would have to get approval from the county’s planning and zoning commission before the property can be zoned by Delmar.
According to town manager Sara Bynum-King, the town will initiate the annexation request process. Preston told the council that the company wants access to the town’s public water and sewer (if the annexation is approved).
Planning for the future
In other business, the joint council reviewed the current map of land use in the incorporated area. Delmar, Del., is working on the first phase of its land use plan.
The town is currently working on defining future growth and extended growth areas. The map with the future growth area will be presented to the Delmar Council at its next meeting before going to planning and zoning.
Bynum-King told the council that the state of Delaware has legislation pending that would require mandatory recycling starting in July 2005. The plan would start with one category to be recycled the first year and would progress each year. The program would cost $307 per household per month if the state does not provide towns with funding.
Councilwoman Mary Lee Pase received approval from the joint council to set u p town hall as a collection location for canned goods and nonperishable items for needy families. Canned goods are also being collected at the Delmar Elementary School.
According to Pase, monetary donations and age appropriate toys will also be accepted. Pase asks donors to give items that “you’d like to receive.”
“There’s a lot of need out there and I think anything we can do we should try to do it,” Pase said. “This is all going back to people in our town.”
Delmar’s Christmas parade will take place this Saturday at 2 p.m. with Sandy Davis serving as master of ceremonies. The Delmar Carnival of Lights, also a Delmar Chamber event, took place last Saturday (see pictures on page 16). The chamber is looking to purchase additional lights for the State Street Park and plans to do a fund drive in 2005 to increase electrical capacity in the park.
The town has new Christmas lights but a wiring problem has delayed their installation. Delmar received the lights from the town of Seaford because its lights were dilapidated. Town officials say the delay in the lighting of the Christmas lights on the town’s streets has nothing to do with a lack of interest by the town.
There will not be a December Joint Council meeting in December due to the holidays. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31.