Barley Mill Plaza development clears primary hurdle with traffic impact waiver
A developer’s plans for the former DuPont Barley Mill Plaza office park in Greenville have cleared the biggest hurdle in their approval process.
New Castle County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to excuse the mixed use development at the intersection of Route 141 and Lancaster Pike from certain traffic impact requirements.
The project by local developer Pettinaro is expected to feature a Wegmans supermarket, more than 100 residential units, as well as retail and office space.
A traffic impact study this spring showed the development would cause several nearby intersections to fail Level of Service requirements, but that fixes for these traffic problems would not be realistic.
New Castle County’s Land Use Department recommended Council approve the Level of Service waiver — which allows the project to go forward anyway.
General Manager of Land Use Rich Hall says there is already “significant traffic” in the area, which the Barley Mill Plaza project should only increase it incrementally. He adds that any project there would require a Level of Service waiver.
“So in the scheme of things, will there be more traffic at a couple intersections? Yes. Is it going to be significant? No. So we look at that, balancing the benefits of having that property actually used.”
Hall says the Wilmington University campus on Route 202 was the last development project in the County to utilize a Level of Service waiver.
Hall says obtaining the waiver was the main discretionary hurdle the Barley Mill Plaza proposal needs to clear —in part because it does not require rezoning. He says the rest of the process will be more routine.
A previous proposal for the site which did require a rezoning failed, after facing community opposition and a court battle.