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  • Middletown council to vote on shopping centers, business moves

  • A new CVS Pharmacy soon could be anchoring a new shopping center on the east side of Middletown, while a second new shopping also could be headed for the west side of town.
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  • A new CVS Pharmacy soon could be anchoring a new shopping center on the east side of Middletown, while a second new shopping also could be headed for the west side of town.
    Those are just a few of the items Middletown town council is expected to vote on at its Dec. 2 meeting, along with new locations for American K-9 Doggie Day Care and East Coast Nitros.
    Each item will come before council because the businesses are required to seek either approval of their development plans or a conditional use permit.
    The developers of CVS, for instance, are seeking approval of a preliminary development plan to build a 13,500-square-foot store at the southwest corner of Del. Route 299 and Gloucester Boulevard.
    If approved, the new pharmacy would be the first business built in a 15.5-acre shopping center that eventually would include at least two other stand-alone stores.
    Colm DeAscanis, president of the Wilmington-based engineering firm CDA Engineering, said the developers are hoping to break ground in the spring and open the new pharmacy in late summer or early fall of 2014.
    On the other side of town, Westside Retail, the developers of the planned Westown Town Center, are asking to revise the development plan of a shopping center proposal the town approved in 2009.
    Currently, those plans call for the construction of six, 10,000-square-foot buildings on an 8-acre parcel behind Walgreens, off of the traffic circle on South Ridge Avenue. Westside Retail would, instead, like to build four, 15,000-square-foot buildings.
    "It's more economical and efficient to build the buildings in this manner, but also we looked aesthetically at what we're trying to do with Westown and this gives you … more of a Main Street feel," developer Joe Terranova told Middletown's Planning and Zoning Commission last week.
    Terranova said he is actively negotiating leases for the first two buildings, including restaurants he said "would take Middletown dining to a new level."
    If the new layout design is approved, construction could begin early next year and be complete before Sept. 1, he said.
    Meanwhile, American K-9 Doggie Day Care and East Coast Nitros will be asking town council to approve conditional-use permits for their proposed new locations in separate suites in the Levels Business Park at 112 Patriot Drive, which is zoned for manufacturing and industrial use.
    American K-9 has been located in a 4,000-square-foot suite at 128 Patriot Drive since 2008, but owner Mike Brown said he's ready to expand his business into a 6,100-square-foot suite.
    "It will allow us to add more kennels and reconfigure our building layout," he told the planning and zoning commission.
    Property owner Tom Wilcox also is seeking to reconfigure the existing pavement and grass area outside of the business park to provide American K-9 with a place to exercise the dogs it trains and boards.
    Page 2 of 2 - East Coast Nitros is seeking a conditional-use permit to move its existing location in two buildings on Sleepy Hollow Drive to a suite next door to American K-9.
    Owner Stephanie Sutch said the move would allow the 12-year-old cheerleading academy to consolidate under one roof.
    "My (current) landlord built a concrete pathway between both buildings, but when it rains or snows the kids have to go in and out of the weather and it's not the best for them because then their shoes get wet and we're tumbling and stunting," she said. "It would be nicer to be in one building and one space."
    Middletown town council on Monday also is slated to introduce a proposed amendment to its comprehensive plan that would clear the way for Charles Tyre Flooring to open a new showroom at 20-24 W. Green St.
    The amendment is slated for a vote in January, followed by a vote on a proposed rezoning of the property from residential to commercial use in February.
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