GEORGETOWN — Prime commercial property along U.S. 113 south is earmarked for development — a carwash and a self-storage facility.
And on Wednesday, Georgetown’s mayor and Town Council approved an agreement with 79 G Town LLC to provide water, sewer and pump station improvements for phase one of the 79-acre Isaacs Farm project.
The 5-0 approval followed a presentation by 79 G Town representative Casey Kenton.
First-phase plans include a carwash, a pad behind the carwash and a 100,000-square-foot storage facility.
“We are going to build the self-storage facility. The other two pads have been sold,” Mr. Kenton said.
Greenhill Car Wash, which operates facilities in Wilmington, Middletown and Millsboro, will open another at Isaacs Farm.
All permits have been received, said Jasyl Silva of the George, Miles & Buhr architectural/engineering design firm.
Mr. Kenton anticipates that sitework will begin shortly, with pad sites developed within four to six months. By spring, the hope is “to see some vertical construction out there,” he said. “We think it’s a good market. We’re excited to get going.”
This planned development will be located across from a Wawa store, to be built along north Dupont Boulevard on property that previously housed an auto sales and service center.
Georgetown Councilwoman Angie Townsend questioned Mr. Kenton on the choice of business ventures.
“Is there anything else on the table that can possibly go there besides another storage unit or a carwash?” she asked.
Georgetown resident Linda Dennis echoed those sentiments.
Mr. Kenton said marketing of the residual lands has just begun and, while there have been talks with other businesses, none have committed.
“What is the holdback? A lot of the residents have asked, you know, … Millsboro is getting a Texas Roadhouse. They are getting a Grotto’s,” Councilwoman Townsend said. “What is it with Georgetown? What is holding us back?”
Mr. Kenton agreed.
“I personally believe that … everyone we’ve talked to over the last two years has been hot on Millsboro,” he said.
But he thinks that may change soon.
“The market is really good. The residential market is strong,” Mr. Kenton said. “I think that Georgetown is going to see what Millsboro is seeing. It’s just going to be a couple years behind.”