Seaford approves projects including new drug store

By Tony E. Windsor

Seaford officials spent a good portion of a recent Mayor and Council meeting hearing information of several development projects on-going in the city. The projects discussed during the May 13 meeting of Seaford Mayor and Council included an expansion to a Stein Highway Christian school, a new medical office planned along US 13A and the construction of a drug store in the Nylon Capital Shopping Center.

During the May 13 meeting, David Westerlund, a representative of the Cordish Group, which owns the Nylon Capital Shopping Center, appeared before city officials to present site plans for the construction of a new Eckerds Drug Store. The store is being planned for the southeast corner of the NCSC, fronting Atlanta Road, near the intersection of Stein Highway. Mike Mulvaney, Seaford Building Official, said the plan calls for demolishing the current Subway store that now exists at that corner lot to build the new Eckerds Drug Store. The drug store is planned to occupy 12,740 square feet of the shopping center property. It is also designed to have a drive-thru prescription service.

Seaford Mayor Dan Short asked Westerlund about the plans for the deteriorating parking lot that now exists in the NCSC. žWith the new Eckerds store and its new parking area, it almost seems like this could put things out of whack if something is not done,Ó he said. žIt would be like building a new house in an old neighborhood.Ó Westerlund said NCSC management is excited about the new Eckerds store because it will add beauty to that area and help stimulate improvements in the shopping center. žEckerds is a very good anchor for the shopping center,Ó he said. žEckerds pays its rent and it will pay taxes. This is a long term lease agreement at 30 years. Eckerds is a solid corner store and we believe this will lead to more development in the shopping center. I think we are starting to see momentum building there.Ó The Subway located in the NCSC is scheduled to be demolished and relocated to another section of the city.

Church of God Christian School Also a point of discussion during the May 13 mayor and council meeting is the planned expansion of the Stein Highway Church of God Christian School, located near Market Street.

Mulvaney presented site plans on behalf of the Church of God, which calls for constructing a multi-purpose building on the church property. The 3,500 square-foot building will house additional classroom space, storage area, rest rooms and a half-court basketball court. The building will be two-story block building with steel frame. The new building will enable the Christian school to increase its student enrollment by up to 81 students.

Mulvaney said that the existing parking area will be sufficient to house the new multi-purpose building. He said the school currently does not allow any of its students to drive vehicles to school. Councilman Larry Miller asked Mulvaney if it would impact the parking situation should the school change its restrictions on driving and allow students to drive to school.

Representatives of the Church of God said there are no students currently enrolled in the school that are old enough to have a driverŪs license. He said this would not be an issue in the near future and the main thrust of the multi-purpose building is to provide enhanced educational space for the school. Currently, the church building does not allow enough space for inside academic activities or gym area. The new building will change this. City Manager Dolores Slatcher said the school would not be forced to come back before the mayor and council should driving restrictions for students be lifted.

"Barring complaints from anyone living in the neighborhood surrounding the church, there would be no reason for the church to come back before mayor and council about parking," she said. "Complaints from the neighborhood about vehicles parked on the streets would be the trigger that could bring the parking issue back before the city."

New medical office along US 13A Finally, a group of Seaford cardiologists brought site plans before the Seaford Mayor and Council for its approval to build a new medical office near the Seaford Post Office on US 13A. Mulvaney presented site plans on behalf of Nanticoke Cardiology, which calls for the construction of a 9,300 square-foot medical building in the area of Federal Street and Jet Avenue, near where construction is currently taking place for the Sussex County Federal Credit Union.

In order to make ready for the site plans for Nanticoke Cardiology, Seaford Mayor and Council approved the subdivision of about 2 acres of land from the larger property owned by AAM, LLC.

Mulvaney said Nanticoke Cardiology has met parking requirements and the building is being planned to house the four doctor cardiology practice. All of the site plans and subdivision requests were unanimously approved by the Seaford Mayor and Council.

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