City of Seaford hires firm to broker business park properties, salutes city manager for 40 years of service

By Lynn R. Parks

The city has hired real estate firm SVN-Miller, Salisbury, to broker its properties in the Ross Business Park.

The city council voted to hire the company at Tuesday nights meeting, following a presentation by company representatives John McClellan and Henry Hanna. The vote was in accordance with a recommendation from the citys Economic Development Committee.

The firm will charge 8 percent of the gross sales price on any property that it sells. Its contract with the city will be for one year.

The Economic Development Committee started the search for a bro.kerage firm in August, when it issued a request for proposals. Two companies responded, SVN-Miller and Cushman & Wakefield, based in Chicago and with offices in Wilmington and the Baltimore area. The committee interviewed representatives from both firms before a recommendation.

McClellan told the members of the council that his companys umbrella firm, SVN, has offices around the world. SVN-Miller deals in properties throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. He said that brokers with SVN-Miller will ensure that they understand every aspect of the business park and will work with the city, county and state to achieve eco.nomic prosperity for the site.

Hanna added that companies they will be courting include those in agriculture, the health industry and transportation. They will also look for local entrepreneurs who are interested in expanding.

The 211-acre Ross Business Park was established in 2001. Nine businesses, including FedEx, are located there now, employing 189 people. The park is also home to the 40-acre Seaford Sports Complex and a residential complex belonging to Better Homes of Seaford.

About 108 acres in the park remain undeveloped.

New mower- Seafords parks department is getting a new lawn mower. The city will buy the four-wheel drive tractor with mower attachment from Taylor & Messick, Harrington.

Cost, including a trade-in, is $23,000. The citys 2018 budget includes $29,500 for the purchase.

The city received three bids to sell the equipment. While the bid from Taylor & Messick was not for the lowest price, it met all of the citys specifications, including an air-suspension seat on the tractor. A hydraulic lift on the tractor will have a 2,200-pound capacity and the equipment will come with a six-year warranty.

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