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  • Middletown Town Council clears way for slate of projects

  • Middletown Town Council voted unanimously Monday to approve several measures that will allow two new businesses to come to town, a pair of existing agencies to expand their services and the replacement of a downtown water main.
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  • Middletown Town Council voted unanimously Monday to approve several measures that will allow two new businesses to come to town, a pair of existing agencies to expand their services and the replacement of a downtown water main.
    A CVS Pharmacy will soon anchor a new shopping center at the southwest corner of Del. Route 299 and Gloucester Boulevard now that town council has approved a major land development plan submitted by Fusco Properties, the owner of the 15.5 acre parcel.
    The final plans approved Monday call for a 13,281-square-foot pharmacy just west of Wawa and north of the Middletown Police Department. The new business will be the first of three standalone stores in the shopping center, which will include a right turn lane off of Route 299.
    Colm DeAscanis, president of the Wilmington-based engineering firm CDA Engineering, said the developer is hoping to break ground this spring and open the new pharmacy in late summer or early fall.
    Charles Tyre Flooring, a 33-year-old family-owned business currently located in the Bayview Crossing shopping center, south of Boyds Corner, also will be coming to downtown Middletown later this year, now that town council has agreed to rezone its future location at 24 W. Green St. from residential to commercial.
    Tyre said he's hoping to open the business in the 1,800-square-foot former Middletown Youth Center by mid-March.
    "Our plan is to have a showroom that's like a visual education center, where we'll have different 'species' of floor and ceiling tiles installed so our customers can get a feel of what they actually look like," he said.
    Tyre said he's also planning to build a 2,400-square-foot warehouse to the rear of the property, where a basketball currently exists now, although that construction approval is still pending.
    Town council on Monday also approved a major land redevelopment plan that will allow the Silver Lake Center, a 19-year-old, state-run residential psychiatric treatment facility for teenage boys, to add a new residential unit for teenage girls at 495 E. Main St.
    Pembrey Holding, which leases the 4-acre Silver Lake Center to Delaware's Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (DPBH), is planning to break ground this spring on the 13,200-square-foot building.
    Once complete, the new $2 million unit will provide living space for eight girls between the ages of 13 and 17, as well as an indoor recreation facility.
    The treatment center currently consists of two buildings, including the eight-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot Middletown Manor Residential Treatment Center and the 6,000-square-foot Silver Lake Day Treatment Center, which provides non-residential psychiatric and educational services to another eight boys and girls.
    Steven Yeatman, the deputy director of DPBH, said the construction of the new building in Middletown would allow the division to close the 30-year-old Brenford Residential Treatment Center, which currently houses eight boys and girls in a converted ranch house near Smyrna.
    Page 2 of 2 - Town council on Monday also approved a conditional use permit that will allow Pastor Zelda Carter and Christ Servants Mission Power 4-U Community Center to relocate The Agape Store House Community Basket food pantry from the 2,000-square-foot warehouse unit at 128 Patriot Drive it has occupied since 2010 to an adjacent unit that's twice as large.
    Carter said the move is needed because the food pantry is running out of space to store the donations it uses to feed more than 300 families per month.
    Jeff Bruet, the owner of the nearby GreatBigStuff.com, spoke in opposition to the move, citing traffic concerns and questioning whether the pantry uses the industrial complex's trash bins.
    "I understand the need for the services they provide … but the effect is like putting a grocery store in an industrial park," he said. "The increase in traffic needs to be considered."
    Carter said the pantry only allows two cars to pull up to its warehouse space at a time and donates all its leftover food to area farms.
    "We don't put any of our food in the Dumpster," she said. "It all goes to use."
    Meanwhile, town council also approved a $401,600 contract with Greggo & Ferrara to replace 1,180 feet of water lines along Shallcross Place and Lockwood Street, west of Broad Street, including hook-ups to 17 homes.
    That project, funded through a loan from the Delaware Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, is expected to begin next month and continue until June, town officials said.

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