The Millville Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11, approved one of two site plans under review for the construction of Beebe Medical Center's South Coastal Campus Emergency Department & Cancer Center.

Acting on last month's recommendation by the Millville Planning & Zoning Committee, the council voted 3-0 to approve the subdivision of two lots for the construction of the satellite medical center. The lots are part of a “land swap” with the Millville By the Sea community, which Millville by the Sea project manager Al Ruble said should be completed by Friday, Sept. 14.

Council Members Susan Brewer and Steve Maneri recused themselves because they live in Millville By the Sea.

The Beebe satellite campus was originally planned to be built on the east side of Route 17, near the intersection with Burbage Road. It is now being constructed on the west side of Route 17, slightly farther to the south, on two lots totaling about 63 acres.

The council approved the subdivision final site plans, contingent on the implantation of a 75-foot buffer on the project's “residual lands.”

There were no positive or negative comments by the public on the site plan during a public hearing on the subdivision plan.

The council tabled the second of the two Beebe-related applications on its agenda on Tuesday, that one involving the final site plan for the actual structure, parking and grounds of the facility. The Planning & Zoning Committee had voted 3-0 on Aug. 17 to recommend approval of the plan, submitted by the Becker Morgan Group on behalf of Beebe Health Care.

Also on Sept. 11, a final site plan for Sea Studio Architects, submitted by Pilitko LLC on behalf of owners Scott and Jennifer Edmonston, was approved by the council, 5-0.

The husband-and-wife architectural team plan to renovate the existing building on the property, located on Route 26 across from the Ocean View Post Office. The building currently contains two apartments; the Edmonstons plan to transform it into a “showcase” for their sustainable architecture firm.

In other business on Sept. 11, the council:

• Approved the addition of a “minor subdivision” category to the town's fee schedule, at $450. The existing fee schedule only lists a $750 fee for major subdivisions.

• Tabled until its October meeting a proposed amendment to its ordinance regulating trash and commercial trash containers.

The town council will hold a workshop meeting on Friday, Sept. 28.

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter