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Shopping Center Could Be On The Way for Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - At the Georgetown Town Hall, it doesn't take long to see the scope of growth within the town. The staff jotted down a few new establishments, that have popped up in a mere six months, and soon enough the page is full of names. Businesses like Wyndham Microtel, Dunkin Donuts, Redner's, Pizza King, and the Family International Market are listed, as the staff compiled a list of 19 new businesses.

Now, yet another shopping center might be on the way as well.

At Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, an engineering firm representing Royal Farms, the landowner, will be looking for preliminary approval on phase one of a commercial project on the intersection of Route 113 and Route 18. When the project is completed, the developer is expected to erect four buildings, including a pharmacy, a restaurant, a fast food venue, and a shopping center with 15 storefronts.

Phase one, which is being considered at the Wednesday meeting would only focus on the nearly 23,000 square foot shopping center. The site is currently open space, with the exception of the State Farm building on Route 113. Elder Carvajal from State Farm, said he is on board with the project as both an employee and a consumer.

"It will help us personally with business," he said. "Locally it'll kind of get our names out there... I also like the idea of just walking right behind here and picking up lunch."

Royal Farms told WBOC that they are currently in contact with numerous interested tenants. However no leases have been signed so far, and the company would not disclose any of the potential storefronts.

Town Manager Gene Dvornick said that this shopping center, would just be the latest example of the growth in town.

"The community continues to enlarge," he said. "Both residentially and through visitors or employers. And you tend to have the services following them."

Since 2010, the number of building permits have jumped from 220 to 300 in 2014. This is not as high as before the recession, when the permits were as high as 403 in 2005, but Dvornick said the trend is moving in the right direction. Since 2010, there have been 220, 238, 252, 273, and 300 building permits each year respectively.

Population has also skyrocketed in Georgetown, jumping from 4,643 in 2005 to 6,422 in 2014.

If the Planning Commission issues the preliminary approval, the developer would then have to get approval from various state agencies. They will then come back to the town for final approval.

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