Plans to convert the Glasgow Trailer Park to a mixed use project received an unfavorable rezoning report.
“The proposed rezoning from NCMM to CR may be considered inappropriate at this time,” the Department of Land Use report stated.
Plans for the The Crossings at Salem calls for a mixed use project consisting of apartments, offices, restaurants and businesses and at least at one point a drug rehabilitation center.
The sprawling property is behind a retail area near the intersection of Route 40 and Salem Church Road in Bear that includes a Food Lion and a strip shopping center.
“At the joint Department and Planning Board public hearing, the applicant should be prepared to address the plan’s conformance with the Comprehensive Development Plan, impact upon the surrounding area and infrastructure, compatibility of land use intensity and scale of proposed development, character of the neighborhood, zoning, and use of nearby properties and the suitability of the property for the proposed use,” the Land Use Department report stated.
The report also calls for a traffic study as well as a look revised flood plain maps for the area.
Owners of the mobile home park have cleared about a third of the property, which had fallen victim to arsonists who torched unoccupied unit. There have also been concerns about crime and substance abuse.
Owners have indicated that upgrading the mobile home park site is not feasible.
A fund helps relocate residents who are forced to move out of mobile home parks.
In early April, Delaware Business Now first reported on plans for the mobile home park that at the time seemed to focus on substance abuse treatment. Owners have indicated they want to seek input from the community for the development.
See story below: