Development continues as the Selbyville Town Council gave its OK for several projects to move forward. They discussed housing, gasoline and a new town hall at their Jan. 7 meeting:
• On Route 54, the preliminary site plan was approved for a 99-house development, Salt Water Landing, located on the former Warrington property at the southeast corner of Hudson Road and Lighthouse Road. The street entrance to the community will be on Hudson, which will likely be widened or get a new turn lane.
Construction could begin as early as August. It will be situated between two other housing developments, Lighthouse Lakes and the proposed Selbyville Village.
The proposal includes sidewalks, active and passive open space, and minimum 9,000-square-foot lots. The developer has requested less than the Town-mandated minimum number of RV/boat parking spots, citing low interest in those uses in neighboring communities.
• The federal government shutdown has prevented Royal Farms from obtaining all the permits it needs to construct a gas station on Route 113.
According to engineer Steve Fortunato of Becker Morgan Group, permits from the Sussex County Soil Conservation District depend on a national agency, which has been in shutdown. So, although Royal Farms claims to have verbal approval from all agencies that need to approve the project, they lack the official signatures and seals.
Construction won’t begin until the ink is dry, but Royal Farms’ real estate settlement is contingent on Selbyville’s approval. With the shutdown is providing some hardship, the town council cautiously approved the final site plan, pending official approvals from all the agencies.
• The Town of Selbyville is working to convert the former PNC Bank building downtown into a new town hall. Preliminary floorplans have been designed, and local builder Bunting Construction Company has agreed to oversee construction.
Selbyville will directly pay the bills to any vendors, but Bunting will serve as construction manager. The town council thanked C. Coleman Bunting Jr. for his help. (Bunting also does business separately as a developer, with Councilman Jay Murray, under Bunting & Murray.)
• The pre-construction meeting will be scheduled soon for repairs to Railroad Avenue, where the Sandy Branch culvert is caving in. The railroad company will likely also make repairs concurrently while the road is torn up.
In other Selbyville Town Council news:
• Interested candidates may now file for the annual town council election, scheduled for March 2. Two seats are up for election. Candidates must be at least 21, a U.S. citizen and a bona fide resident of the town for at least one year prior to the election. The deadline for candidate and voter registration is Friday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.
The Selbyville Town Council’s next meeting is Monday, Feb.4, at 7 p.m.
By Laura Walter