Proposed apartment complex near Millville heading to P&Z

Editor's note: This project has been removed from the Jan. 23 Sussex County P&Z agenda, with a tentative new hearing date of April 9.

The Pettinaro Construction Company in Newport, Del., will go before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission next week, asking for conditional-use approval to build 200 apartments on 47.92 acres on the former Evans farm, between the Bay Forest community and Bethany Bay Resort Community. The site is located at 31434 Railway Road, near Millville.

The matter will go before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Thursday, Jan. 23, then before the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The property, currently vacant, is owned by Linder & Company Inc. of Newport, which was also the owner of the property developed into Bethany Bay by Pettinaro. Pennoni Engineering is the site-design company, according to Lauren DeVore, Sussex County planner.

Zoning on the parcel is general residential.

Devore said there has been public interest in the proposed development, which is common when multi-family dwellings are proposed.

“Anytime we have multi-family proposals, people are always interjecting. They are concerned about what the proposal is and who is moving in,” Devore said.

Alan Decktor of Pennoni Engineering, reached by telephone, said he couldn’t comment on the project.