Property owned by Joe Setting to go through state agency review in October

A proposed commercial site on Valley Road in Hockessin takes a step closer to reality as the site prepares for a state review.

At the Monday, Sept. 17 Greater Hockessin Area Development Association meeting, Hockessin area developer Joe Setting unveiled a preliminary sketch for his property at 701 Valley Road.

The parcel is currently home to a one-story ranch on roughly 1.56 acres.

Setting said the site would go before the state’s Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) in October.

PLUS, as outlined in Chapter 92 of Title 29 of the Delaware Code, provides for state agency review of major land use change proposals prior to submission to local governments, according to its website.

Setting said the project has been through several submissions to New Castle County in the last six months in preparation of their PLUS meeting in Dover.

“We’re about six months into it – it would be great if we could do it in 18 months,” Setting said. “I’d love to be breaking ground a year from now.”

He added that he has interest from a variety of occupants, but that it was still too early for any final decisions.

“Everybody wants to know when they can take occupancy,” he said. “I think probably in the next [30 to 60 days], we’ll have a better idea of when we can actually be offering occupancy.”

The proposed building fronts along Valley Road, with parking at the back. There will also be a separate entrance and exit, and the walking path already in place will remain.

GHADA president Mark Blake said the Valley Road committee formed last spring to discuss the various projects happening along the stretch between Lancaster Pike and Limestone Road is supposed to meet later in September.

That includes parcels owned by Setting through Setting Properties and Blenheim Homes owner Jay Sonecha.

“We think there will be some sort of cohesiveness to everything when it’s said and done,” Blake said of the proposed projects on Valley Road. “It’s just a matter of what else will happen.”