Seaford clearing way for a 213-home development

By Lynn R. Parks

A 213-home development is being planned for Seaford. At its most recent meeting, the Seaford City Council took three steps to clear the way for Lacrosse Homes, Kent Island, Md., to build on 60 acres next to the Mears campus of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, just off alternate US 13, north of town. Engineer Ring Lardner with Davis, Bowen and Friedel, Milford, said that Mearfield is still in its design phase. Permits from the Sussex Conservation District and from the Delaware Department of Transportation are still pending, as is final approval from the city of Seaford. Lardner expects construction to start sometime next year, he said. The development will be on Herring Run Road, and will have one entrance from that road. Dudley Dixon, vice president of Lacrosse Homes, told the council that that will be adequate for traffic in and out of the development. “We have done developments bigger than this with just one entrance,” he said. The development is slated for land currently owned by Rex and William Mears. In addition to the rezoning and sketch plans, council members also approved the division of the original 85-acre parcel into two parcels. There are no plans for development of the 25-acre parcel at this time, said Rex Mears. Mears told the council that he had been approached by many developers about the property. “Lacrosse is a class outfit and this will be a nice development,” he said. “That is why I am doing this.”
Dudley Dixon, vice president with Lacrosse Homes, told the council that his company “is the kind of builder Seaford needs.” The homes will sell in the mid $200,000s, he said; the development will include two ponds, a clubhouse and a swimming pool. Dixon said that the homes will be between 1,900 square feet and 3,000 square feet, on lots that are from 6,500 to 8,000 square feet. The company will have from six to eight models for buyers to choose from. Except for a few speculative houses, homes will be built as they are sold, he said. Dixon said that market research indicates that Seaford is the “next hot spot” in the area. “A lot of young couples and empty-nesters are moving to the area, and this will be a good fit for them,” he said. Lacrosse Homes has developments on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Cheswald, Dover and Magolia. In Milford, its Orchard Hill is very similar to how Mearfield will be, Dixon said. Rex Mears said that he visited several Lacrosse developments before decided to sell his property to the company. “I was impressed with the quality of their work,” he said. “Everything they have told me they would do, they have done. And at every phase of construction, the quality of construction is held in high regard. They just do good work.”

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