Ninth District Update : Newark Town Center, Royal Farms & more

January 15, 2013

Newark Town Center
The Newark Town Center is a proposed 344,674 square foot shopping center at the northwest corner of Capitol Trail (Route 2) and Possum Park Road (DE Route 72).  The property is currently zoned "S" (Suburban Residential) and the developer is proposing to rezone to CR (Commercial Regional).  This project received a negative recommendation from the Planning Board, therefore, it would need a super-majority vote from Council for approval.

After changing some minor details to the plan, it has been found to be acceptable to proceed to New Castle County Council for consideration by the Department of Land Use.  The plan is scheduled to come before the Land Use Committee on Tuesday, February 5th at 3:00 P.M.  The meeting is held in the 8th floor conference room at the City/County building (800 N. French Street, Wilmington, 19801).  This is when most of the discussion and questions are addressed before Council as a whole.  It would be important to attend and express any concerns relating to this project before Council.  The following Tuesday (February 12th), it will be voted on at the Council meeting.  The meeting starts at 7 P.M. and is held in the first floor Council Chambers at the City/County building.

For more information and details on the project, please click HERE. 

A Royal Farms is proposed at the northwest corner of Duncan Road and Kirkwood Highway.  Currently it is occupied by the Sunoco gas station.  Their intention is to demolish the current gas station and the dwelling behind it to construct a 5,125 square foot convenience store with fuel pumps.  They will be coming before the Planning Board to amend deed restrictions that would allow them to do this.  The Planning Board Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5th in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Gilliam Building (77 Reads Way, New Castle, 19720) beginning at 7 P.M.  Please attend to express your concerns on the project. This will be the only chance to have your voice publicly heard since it is a minor plan and will NOT be coming before New Castle County Council for approval. 

For more information on the project can be found HERE.

New Castle County Police Explorer Program
Do you know a teenager (ages 14-20) who is interested in a career in law enforcement?  New Castle County Police is holding an open house for their Explorer Program on Saturday, January 19th in the Sweeney Conference Room of the Public Safety Building (3601 North Dupont Highway, New Castle, 19720) beginning at 1:00 P.M.  It is requested that you arrive 15 minutes early.  Youth under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Police Explorers Program is designed for young men and women who have a "sincere interest" in careers in the filed of law enforcement.  The Program offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.  The program meets one Saturday and one Wednesday evening of every month.

For more information, please click HERE.

I hope you have found this information useful and will share it with your family and friends.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


New Castle County Councilman Tim Sheldon


Department of Transportation Announces Public Hearing Schedule for Review of Agency Regulations


DelDOT Public Relations   

December 18, 2012 

1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080                                                

Email - dotpr@state.de.us                                                                             


Department of Transportation Announces Public Hearing Schedule
for Review of Agency Regulations

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Transportation today announced that it will hold public hearings next month in all three counties as part of Governor Markell’s effort to improve Delaware’s regulatory climate and to streamline or eliminate unnecessary regulations.
The Department’s public hearings are being conducted in connection with Governor Markell’s 


Executive Order No. 36, a  


 statewide review by all agencies to identify and remove regulatory hurdles. 

The Department’s hearings are scheduled for:
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Sussex Central High School, located at 26026 Patriot’s Way, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Delaware State University, located in the Bank of America Building, Longwood Auditorium, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carvel State Office Building, located at the Carvel Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 820 N. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

“By signing Executive Order No. 36, Governor Markell has signified his commitment to eliminating unnecessary regulations,” said Secretary Bhatt.   “However, the success of this effort depends on meaningful public input.  If you have suggestions about 

specific regulations that you believe should be streamlined or eliminated, we want to hear from you.” 
Executive Order 36 provides an opportunity for state agencies to review regulations on their books, and streamline or eliminate those that are outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After formal comment, the Department will consider the input received and change or remove regulations accordingly.  

The Governor will submit a report to the General Assembly detailing the regulatory changes in all state agencies in June 2013.

In addition to participating in the public hearings, members of the public are also encouraged to submit comments in writing.  

Comments may be submitted via an online submission form located here 



Comments will be accepted through March 1, 2013.


Armed Robbery at 7-11 on Centerville Road

January 2, 2013

Armed Robbery at Local Convenience Store

New Castle County Police are presently investigating an armed robbery involving two male victims (32/52) who were accosted at gunpoint and robbed, while they were working at a 7-11 convenience store in Wilmington, DE.

On Tuesday night (01/01) at 11:56 p.m., County Police responded to the 1900 block of Centerville Road in the community of Albertson Park for a reported robbery that just occurred. When officers arrived, they contacted the male employees who reported that two unknown male subjects had entered the store and robbed them at gunpoint.

The investigation has revealed that both suspects reportedly entered the store and walked toward the employees as one of them displayed a handgun. The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot northbound on Centerville Road. Assisting officers and a police canine team responded and canvassed the area, but were unsuccessful in their efforts of locating the suspects.

The suspects were described as:

• a black male, 6’2” tall, weighing 180 pounds, and was wearing dark colored clothing, who had his face concealed and was armed with a handgun.
• an unknown male, 6’2” tall, weighing 180 pounds, who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, sneakers and had his face concealed.

To offer information regarding this investigation, please contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8110 or visit our website at www.nccpd.com. Citizens may also provide a text tip at: 847411 (TIP411), begin your message with NCCPD and then type your message. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.


January Newsletter

Next BTCC Meeting 7 PM Tuesday January 8th
Marbrook Elementary School – 2101 Centerville Road

Christmas trees can be recycled for FREE at area locations in New Castle County

New Castle County residents are reminded that Christmas trees can be taken to a number of places throughout the area for FREE recycling.

DNREC says that Christmas trees will be accepted at the following New Castle County facilities between now and January 26th:

Polly Drummond Hill Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site (Located in the Pike Creek area on Polly Drummond Hill Road, about 1/2 mile north of Kirkwood Highway.)  Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.

Brookhill Yard Waste Site (new site, operated by Holland Mulch)
At this time, open for Christmas tree drop-off only 
1034 S. Chapel Street, Newark, DE 19702 (main Holland Mulch office phone: 302-765-3100)  
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-noon  

Copeland's Mulch Depot
(free if the tree was purchased at Copeland's; otherwise $2) 
2 Honeysuckle Drive, Stanton, DE 19804; (phone 302-633-9536)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  

Holland Mulch 
135 Hay Road, Edge Moor, DE 19809 (phone 302-765-3100) 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-noon  
Wilmington Organic Recycling Center 
612 Christiana Avenue, Wilmington, DE  19801 (phone 302-266-7678) 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.-noon

Please note that Christmas trees are no longer accepted at any Delaware State Park location.  

All decorations and stands must be removed from the Christmas trees before dropping them off at one of the above locations.