Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick says new large scale commercial projects are not forthcoming in New Castle County anytime soon

The Limestone Crossing commercial development continues to fill up just weeks after its anchor store opened its doors.

At the Monday, Feb. 17 Greater Hockessin Area Development Association meeting, board vice president Mark Blake gave an update on the development in the 6,000 block of Limestone Road, home to the new Starbucks Coffee.

Blake said that he could now confirm that the haircutting chain Great Clips would be opening its doors sometime before the end of the month.

A third tenant is a "high-end jewelry store," according to Blake, that is scheduled to open sometime in the next 30 days.

A fourth and final tenant cannot yet be revealed, however, in conjunction with an agreement with the site developer, Blake said.

"There will only be one empty store by the spring," Blake said.

Starbucks opened its doors last month, after a few days of false starts due to lacking water pressure.

Blake also gave an update on the CVS Pharmacy proposed for the Demsey's Garage location at Polly Drummond and Papermill Roads.

Blake said that Rite Aid still has an existing contract with the Demseys and that developers are examining their options for moving forward with that contract.

"They probably will be filing," Blake said. "We're just waiting to hear when they decide to go forward, or to move on. Our bets are on that they'll move forward."

If they do proceed, Blake said, the community at large will bet to pick the overall look and design of the new pharmacy, as part of an arrangement with the developer, GHADA and the Greater White Clay Area Civic League.

Speaking on development in general, New Castle County Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick, 3rd District, said that commercial development is down overall in the county, and that 4,000 jobs have disappeared in the past four months.

She added that while many developers are working to get some projects off the ground, many that come from county administration to council for review are already tagged with a "no."

"At this point, even though we have old projects in the pipeline, we have now had 10 months of nothing over 20,000 square feet coming through … which means that when these projects are done, there will be a tremendous lag in this county," she said.

That lag, she said, then trickles down into all development and construction- dependent industries like plumbers, carpenters and contractors to name a few.