At their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19, the City of Milford Planning Commission granted a request from the developers of the Wickersham Development for a one-year extension to submit their preliminary subdivision plan to the commission. The request was presented to Milford City Council on Monday, March 25, and councilmembers voted unanimously to grant the request as well. Wickersham is a proposed 205-unit townhouse community planned for the corner of Johnson Road and Coastal Highway (Route 1), across from Cedar Creek Landing. The development is one of several proposed developments in South Milford. This is the fifth time the developer has requested an extension for submitting the preliminary plan.
“We are hoping that this will be our final request for an extension,” said John Tracey, an attorney with Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, who represents CCM-Koelig, the developer of the property. “We began this process in 2006, hoping to have preliminary plan approval by 2008. However, we have been delayed by DelDot, and by issues related to the new water tower that would ultimately service this development. DelDot’s delays have also affected creation of the sewer plan in the development as the sewer lines will follow the new road being installed by DelDot.” Mr. Tracey indicated that DelDot is making progress and that the city is closer to establishing the location of the new South Milford water tower.
Mr. Tracey also explained that although they were requesting an extension of one year, the developers were expecting to have a preliminary plan ready for the commission to review in three months. However, should there be additional delays related to DelDot or the new water tower, he was requesting the one year extension as a precaution.
“We have been trying to acquire the property rights necessary for the water tower for several years,” testified Eric Retzlaff of Davis, Bowen & Friedel. “The Wickersham group has been very helpful in the water tower project.” The proposed water tower will now be located on the Wickersham property. Mr. Tracey stated that the water tower issue needs resolution before the developer can finalize the subdivision plans.
“My only question is regarding the water tower,” Commissioner Archie Campbell asked. “Will it only serve this development?” Mr. Tracey responded that the new tower will serve Wickersham, but the city also has other uses for the tower. Mr. Tracey explained that there are still several developments planned for that area of Milford, including a business park planned by Elmer Fannin, as well as possible development on the other side of Route 1. The new water tower would provide service developments as well, but only Wickersham is moving forward at this time.