During a public hearing prior to Monday night's Milford City Council regular meeting, the council voted to accept a conditional use agreement for a new indoor recreational facility at 971 East Masten Circle.
The business, Shore Speed LLC, will offer an indoor recreation and entertainment center featuring indoor kart racing, a rock climbing wall and arcade games. The 40,000 square-foot space and parking areas will be monitored by security cameras and the business hopes to open at the end of August with a maximum capacity of 300 people.
"It's a great opportunity for the citizens of Milford to have recreational activities," said Milford City Planner Gary Norris. "Hopefully it attracts more people to the city so they can see the assets [in Milford], like the Riverwalk and shopping."
"The city has been great to us and they've accepted us very well," said owner and operator Clarence (Cotty) Edgens of Millsboro. "I'm committed to making it a family place, where the whole family can come in and have something to do, not just one age group."
PROPOSED PLANNING AND ZONING AMENDMENT
During a city council workshop, Milford City Manager Richard Carmean discussed a proposed amendment to planning and zoning fee schedules, which were originally established in 2008. He noted that the city should not have to spend any money in the face of new development projects, especially considering recent staffing reductions, most specifically the loss of a city engineer.
"We feel that developers … should have to pay whatever it costs for the inspection and other associated fees for this project, whether it's engineering or whatever, the city should not be picking up even part of those costs," Carmean said. "The developer will be told that they will be billed an invoice at the cost of these listed operational costs."