Mountaire files for zoning on Millsboro property

Last Friday, Mountaire Farms filed a conditional-use application with Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and the County Council, for a planned office facility in Millsboro.

The land, located along the center of Revel Road and the center of Wiley Branch Road in Millsboro, is owned by Grace United Methodist Church, which consented to the application.

According to the application, Mountaire plans to use 57.952 acres of the property’s 296.943 total acres for office facilities to be used by an agricultural-related industry.

On Feb. 22, at a public meeting organized by Community Opposed to Secret Transaction (COST), with the help of Maria Payan of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, some local residents voiced their concerns that the land would be used for a poultry processing facility.

“Mountaire is in negotiations to purchase a property for construction of a commercial office building,” said Mike Tirrell, vice-president of human resources and business services for Mountaire, at the meeting. “The property is under review for suitability for that project, and that project only. There are no new production facilities included in this project.”

Tirrell said that the facility would be used to house administrative employees from various sites, including their Selbyville and Millsboro facilities.

Interested parties may pick up copies of the application in the Planning & Zoning Office, located at 2 The Circle, in Georgetown. A date for the application to go before the commission has yet to be set.