Council approves plans for 7-11 store

By Lynn R. Parks

Seaford is getting a 7-11 convenience store. The city council Tuesday night approved final plans for the store, which will be built in west Seaford, at the corner of Stein Highway and Ivy Drive.

Owner of the lot is the Peninsula Oil Co., Blades. 7-11 will lease the land from the oil company. The land is home to a closed BP gas station. That building will be renovated and added to to make the convenience store.

Total size of the store will be 3,100 square feet. The current building is about 1,400 square feet. The city council approved plans for the store following a public hearing on the project.

City building official Josh Littleton said that a final OK from the Delaware Department of Transportation for the entrances and exits for the store has not been received. In its vote to approve the plans, the city council mandated that no building permits will be issued before the final stamp of approval from DelDOT is in hand.

City manager Dolores Slatcher said that DelDOT is requiring that the current four entrances to the property be reduced to just two, one from Stein Highway and the second from Ivy Drive. That will make the intersection there less confusing, she said, and will "be for the betterment of the town."

The city council also approved plans to double the size of the FedEx distribution facility in the Ross Business Park. Express Delaware LLC plans to add 52,720 square feet to its existing building on Venture Drive. The approval for this construction also followed a public hearing on the plans.

Littleton told the members of the council that the addition will be put on the east side of the existing building. Plans call for the parking lot there to be more than doubled, with the addition of 145 spaces.

Also approved during the council's busy meeting were plans for the addition of a kitchen at LifeCare at Lofland Park nursing home. The nursing home, recently purchased by Genesis HealthCare from Nanticoke Health Services, never had a kitchen. Meals are brought in by truck from the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, just across the street.

The new kitchen will be built on the southwest corner of the building. It will be 1,140 square feet in size and will be just one story tall. The nursing home is three stories.

Approval for the construction plan is still awaiting an OK from the state's Division of Public Health.

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