Dianna Battaglia is on the edge of her seat.
Battaglia, Planning and Zoning Director for the Town of Perryviile, is anxious to watch a slew of projects come to fruition. "It's extremely hard to wait," said Battaglia.
It's been almost a decade since Perryville grew in size. But recent annexations and the plans for new businesses to come to town have made it an exciting time to work at town hall.
Last week, after the mandated 45 day post annexation waiting period, an 11.7 acre parcel of land south of the current Hollywood Casino property was annexed into town. That will be zoned commercial and no firm plans have been submitted for the property. In the early 1990s, Stewart Associates annexed 207.60 acres that became the casino property. That new 11 acre annexation will be part of the town's commercial entertainment mixed use area. "The goal is to get development. There's no concrete plans for it," said Perryville town administrator Denise Breder.
The other pending annexation will bring new single family homes into Perryville. Single family homes, one which is existing, the other which is planned, will now likely be annexed into town. That is at the Wein property at Cedar Corner Road.
When it comes to commercial development, two potentially big projects are slated to come to town.
Tiki Lee's is expected to open at the former Perryville Yacht Club. That project moved a step forward when the liquor license was recently granted. No sales contract has been signed. But that project, if it comes to fruition, will include the construction of a new restaurant, pier and bulkhead improvement, and more.
The other pending commercial development is at the former Muller-Thym building for construction of the 5th Company Microbrewery. That property, at the corner of Front and Broad streets, includes a 10,447 square foot building which was built in 1949. This project is expected to be big for Perryville because it will bring jobs, visitors, and will attract attention to Perryville's downtown and waterfront area.