As growth moves westward in the Cape Region, developers are eyeing Plantation Road as a prime location. With two recent applications approved on the west side of the road, a third has surfaced.
The proximity to Beebe Healthcare's Route 24 campus is also a drawing card for development along Plantation Road.
LMHT LLC has filed an application to rezone a six-acre parcel near Lewes north of the new Sussex County paramedic station from AR-1 to B-1 neighborhood business district. At its Feb. 8 meeting, Sussex County planning and zoning commissioners voted unanimously recommending approval of the application. County council’s hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.
The developer's engineer, Ring Lardner with Davis, Bowen and Friedel, said the six acres is the last parcel of the original 40-acre Townsend farm. Acreage across Plantation Road has been developed into residential communities including Aydelotte Estates, Summercrest and Woods Cove.
Recently approved was a B-1 rezoning for a 4.5-acre parcel at the intersection of Cedar Grove and Plantation roads for a 30,000-square-foot office complex, and on the adjacent 10-acre parcel, a special-use exception for a 160,000-square-foot, 144-bed senior-living facility.
Construction on Phase 2 of Plantation Park is underway with three office buildings totalling 24,000 square feet of space on 3.5 acres at buildout.
Nick Hammonds, a principal with LMHT LLC, said considerable development is occurring around the property. “There is a loss of farming viability because of development around the parcel,” Hammonds said.
He said possible uses for the parcel include professional and medical offices.
Lardner said a traffic-impact study is not required at this time, but once a site plan is presented to DelDOT, a study may be required based on the estimated traffic generated.