After swearing councilmen McGhee, Reynolds and Stout back into their offices, the Middletown Town Council took little time to get back to the grind.
On the agenda for the March meeting were proposals to move forward with plans for a Harley Davidson sales and service center as well as a new location for the Crooked Hammock Brewery.
All motions on the table that night passed.
An engineer for Davis, Bowen & Friedel, who’s overseeing the project, Ring Lardner, was present to represent the applicant for the future Middletown site of Crooked Hammock Brewery.
While the request to start construction on the approximately 8,000 sq. ft. brewery and restaurant got the green light, there is no timeline as to the beginning of construction or opening date for the project.
“It’s hard to say–I know the applicant is still looking at building configurations,” said Lardner. “It’s a good model after the Lewes site. They’re re-configuring the building after some lessons learned so not quite sure what the timeline is just yet.”
A swift vote passed the motion, and Mayor Ken Branner noted that Middletown is excited to get the location up and running.
Motions for major land developments regarding a Harley Davidson sales and service center, Crooked Hammock Brewery as well as a two story medical clinic with professional offices have all passed. Mayor Branner is excited about not having to go to Lewes in the to enjoy. #netDE
— Kevin Hayes (@kevinhayesradio) March 12, 2018
“We went down there [to Lewes] for lunch and it really is just a great family-oriented facility,” said Branner. “There’s a nice yard and a place for kids to play.”
Part of the plans do call for that yard to be fenced in to avoid customers from wandering off into a local storm-water management pond.
The facility will be open seven days a week and create approximately 100 to 125 local jobs.