Christiana Mall's plans to construct a 109,000 square foot expansion that would accommodate the hunting, fishing and outdoor goods store Cabela's was unanimously approved by New Castle County Council during its meeting Tuesday night in the City/County Building.
The 13-0 yes vote followed a positive reception of the plans by the Land Use Committee on April 2.
Councilman Joseph Reda (D-Elsmere), the Land Use chair whose district includes the mall, introduced the ordinance Tuesday night.
Reda said the mall would make a significant investment with this project.
This would be the first foray of the Nebraska-based Cabela's into Delaware. The chain currently operates 38 stores across America and Canada, with $2.8 billion in sales annually.
This particular project would be the last expansion of Christiana Mall barring the acquisition of more property, said Christiana Mall land use attorney Larry Tarabicos, of the Tarabicos Grosso law firm.
The 109,000 square foot expansion for Cabela's would occur on the east side of Del. Route 1 and the south of Interstate 95, Tarabicos had said. The plan also includes an 850 square foot expansion to the main mall.
Tarabicos said the plan was ready to go in December, but Christiana Mall had to wait on the Delaware Department of Transportation to approve the mall's plans to enhance transportation on the site. Those enhancements would include the addition of sheltered DART bus stops to accommodate the significant number of city of Wilmington and other commuters taking the bus to the mall, he said.
Tarabicos had also said the loop road would be enhanced as part of this project to make entry to the mall and exit from the mall safer in response to concern raised in committee by Councilman David Tackett (D-Christiana).
Council members approved the expansion with no discussion Tuesday night on the plan for New Castle County's retail hub given the discussion that had already taken place during committee.