Millsboro starts approval process to add Taco Bell to the menu


Add another option for the fast-food connoisseur dining in Millsboro.

Millsboro Town Council members voted unanimously on Monday, June 4, to approve preliminary site plans for a new Taco Bell restaurant in the Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center. The location will be just south of the recently opened Chick-fil-A restaurant.

“This is exciting for the town,” said Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “This shows again that businesses are interested in operating in Millsboro, and we are happy to have them.”

The parcel is zoned Highway Commercial (HC), according to AECOM’s Kyle F. Gulbronson. AECOM is a consulting firm employed by Millsboro and reviewed the site plan for “Taco Bell Land Development Plan,” prepared by the Pettit Group in mid-May. According to AECOM’s review, the proposal by Pettit is for a 2,753-square-foot fast-food restaurant and drive-through.

Hudson said the preliminary site plan approval paves the way for the Pettit Group to begin obtaining various other approvals — such as fire marshal, sediment and erosion control, water and sewer service, parking and others.

He noted that there was a minor issue regarding parking spaces obstructing a proposed commercial trash container, so some layout changes would be needed.

The AECOM report also mentioned “a second existing curb cut from Commerce Drive to this property. If the curb cut is not being utilized it should be removed, curbed and sidewalks should be extended along the frontage of Commerce Drive to yield a continuous sidewalk. Currently rain water collects in the curb cut area, and ponding on Commerce [Drive] occurs. This situation should be corrected during the development process.”

Hudson suggested that those are not major issues, and said he did not expect any significant hurdles moving forward.

In other news:

• The Millsboro Town Council had already committed $10,000 to the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Stars & Stripes celebration, scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at Cupola Park. Now, that number has been increased to $12,000.

Council members voted to rent a restroom trailer for the event. According to Hudson, the trailer has lighting and air conditioning, and provides an alternative for people who might not be comfortable using the more-traditional portable toilets. Council Member Tim Hodges, speaking in favor of the expenditure, said, “This will reflect well on the Town.”

• Jim Parker of Jim Parker Builders spoke to the council regarding the possibility of the Town annexing a property held in a revocable trust, for a potential future hotel and restaurant. The location is the property that formerly housed the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post on Route 113, and would feature a restaurant pad site, according to Parker.

Millsboro Vice-Mayor Michelle Truitt (who held the gavel for Monday’s meeting since Mayor John Thoroughgood was out of town), put together an annexation committee to study the request. Hudson said on Tuesday that the process could be wrapped up in a few months if there are no roadblocks along the way.

“I’m very excited about this, because it is part of an [unincorporated] enclave along Route 113,” said Hudson, adding that this was the second entity to approach the Town about building a hotel since last fall’s vote to increase the maximum building height for hotels from 35 feet to 60 feet.

• The council also discussed the potential to add a paid day off for each Town employee, per a request from the mayor that Hudson had relayed on Monday evening. The council members spoke mostly in favor of the idea, but Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox suggested that some more research would have to be done because of the need to negotiate changes with the police union. They agreed to revisit the issue when more information was in hand.

By Darin J. McCann
Executive Editor