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Little Creek gets boat dock, mixed-use development planned across the street

Apr 23, 2019

The town of Little Creek is getting some new development. The state has finished adding a new fishing and boating area off Route 9 and a private investor has plans for across the street.

State and local officials showed off the 80-foot aluminum fishing pier, boat ramp and two new docks Tuesday. It provides kayak and boat access to the Little Creek Wildlife area.

Funding for $1.9 million project came from a federral Sport Fish Restoration grant, revenue from state boat registration fees, Delaware Bayshore Initiative funds and state bond bill funds.

One dock will harbor vessels for the Fish and Wildlife Police and Little Creek Fire Department.

Little Creek Fire Chief Michael Scott Bundek says his department’s boat used to be harbored at Port Mahon. He says the new location is more accessible and shielded from the elements.

“Our boat was getting beat up by the weather and then the road conditions sometimes were poor and we couldn’t make it to the boat,” said Bundek. “If it was a full moon high tide or a storm or something we couldn’t make it there.”

Across the street from the boating area, local real estate investor Tom Antoniou has purchased a vacant lot and has been approved by city council to build a three story mixed-use commercial and residential space.

“Actually Route 9 from Delaware City to Little Heaven is almost 50 miles. There’s not a single commercial store,” said Antoniou. “It’s the longest stretch of paved road in Delaware without any commercial activity, believe it or not.”

Antoniou says he’s planning a sporting goods store, convenience store and restaurant for the ground level of his building.

He says he’s seeking county approval for construction plans and hopes to break ground this summer.