Middletown Council Approves Harley-Davidson, Crooked Hammock Brewery, And Westown Apartment Complex

by Super User

The Middletown mayor and council met on Monday, March 12 and swore in incumbent town council members James Reynolds, Robert McGhee, and Robert Stout after the March 5 election results were certified by the State Board of Elections.

After an announcement that the town will undergo a town-wide power outage on Thursday morning, March 15 from 2-6am for Delmarva Power Company maintenance work followed by the police report, the town council approved several measures on the agenda. The first was approval of “Movies Under The Stars” put on by Jump On Over at Silver Lake Park scheduled for June 22, July 27, August 24, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. The town is helping fund the events at $1,500 which goes to obtain the rights to show the movies.

The council went on to approve an amended plan for a medical clinic at Diamond State Blvd. and Tower Lane as the developer has moved the entrance as well as the truck entrance in accordance with the neighboring properties and the town engineer. The town council also approved the Harley-Davidson sales and service dealership across from Texas Roadhouse in the Westown Business Park as well as the Crooked Hammock brewery and restaurant at the Middletown Auto Park. The Harley-Davidson dealership will have about 40 employees and the Crooked Hammock from 100-125 employees.

After a legal challenge to a previous rejection, the town approved a 264 unit apartment complex at the Westown Business Park. Rick Woodin of Woodin and Associates, representing the developer Louis Capano said the development, at the time of presentation, fit the original C-3 zoning which permitted mixed use commercial and residential zoning. This was rejected by the town in November 2017 because the mayor and council said they were concerned about various issues including landscaping, as well as traffic and safety concerns. Also, the council said that property was not intended to be used for residential development despite the zoning which had been changed by the town. After the legal challenge, Mayor Ken Branner said they had worked with the developer on some of the town’s concerns such as higher berms and landscaping issues as well as aesthetic issues. The council unanimously approved the project.

Other approvals included regulatory accounting pertaining to the construction agreement with the Delaware Municipal Electrical Cooperative (DEMEC), a future land use designation of 700 and 710 Hedgelawn Way from M-1 (industrial) to C-3 (mixed use) zoning, amendments to the town’s subdivision regulations addressing review fees and definitions, and a mowing services contract for $70,981.82 to low bidder Bailey Lawn And Landscaping Services.

Photo credits: Keith Thompson   

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