The Development and Advisory Commission (DAC) met on Wednesday, June 20 to discuss the possibility of a newly built CVS Pharmacy on the former Hammond Cadillac site on the crossroads of Route 14 and Route 113 in Milford. Representative from engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc., Jamie Sechler, submitted the preliminary plans to DAC to develop the property at 601 North Dupont Boulevard.
The location that the proposed CVS Pharmacy is to be built on was home to Hammond Cadillac for over 60 years. The family-owned business was started by James Hammond in the early 1900’s at the location of the now Salvation Army. After moving to a property that now holds the Shell Station in the 1950’s, the Hammonds decided to move the business across the street to the current location where James grandson, Jim Hammond, took over as owner in 1972.
The Development and Advisory Commission is the first step in the process to development, allowing businesses to submit building plans before they are presented and reviewed by the Milford Planning and Zoning Commission. After they are presented and accepted by the Planning and Zoning Commission construction of the property can begin.
The preliminary plan for the CVS Pharmacy shows a 13,000 square foot building that includes a drive-thru pharmacy and 71 parking spaces. A right-in right-out access is proposed to allow access to and from Route 113 and a full access entrance and exit is shown allowing traffic flow from Route 14.
“The location of this property is a gateway into the City so we would like to see the construction of a quality building with the best architectural style for this site,” said City Planner Gary Norris to Mr. Sechler during Wednesday’s DAC meeting.
The DAC meeting is meant to guide businesses through the proposal process before they reach the Planning and Zoning Commission. Before the Planning and Zoning Commission can approve the development of the property, the business must receive documentation of approval from the Delaware Department of Transportation, State Fire Marshall’s Office, Division of Soil and Water Conservation and Milford Public Works Department. According to Jamie Sechler of Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc, CVS Pharmacy will be looking to move on this project as soon as possible once the approval is granted.