DELMAR, Del. - On the heels of their big announcement that construction is now underway for Heron Ponds Amphitheater, the owner is working on a housing project, which would build more than 200 homes.
But these new houses could mean big changes for the Delmar school district.
Right now, Delmar Middle and High School share the same building. According to superintendent David Ring, it's been like that since at least the 1950s. In 2000, the schools moved into their newer building, which separates the two schools.
Ring says there's not much space left for the 1,300 students.
What space is left may soon disappear.
Doug Marshall, owner of Heron Ponds Amphitheater, says he is set to acquire Yorkshire Estates and has plans to build in the current subdivision, as well as the 75 acres of additional open space.
"We look at an age-targeted, mixed-use project where we have some commercial, we have potential age targeted active adults housing," said Marshall.
Aside from 200 retirement units in the back, Marshall is also looking to add an additional 40 single-family homes to the current 30 homes in the front of the development. With the high school recently being named the top school in Delaware, Marshall is convinced there's high demand for these homes.
"You have families in Heron Ponds," said Marshall. "Almost every home we sell is because of the school district."
"We could handle 40, but it's not the 40 at Yorkshire that I'm concerned about. I think it's the development at-large," said Ring.
Ring says the school district has been informally discussing what to do about enrollment for some time now.
But they need land and more planning, which could take several years.
"We have to consider land. We've outgrown our space," said Ring.
Marshall says he hopes to settle on the land within the next week. The school district says, at this time, there are no immediate plans to discussion enrollment and expansion.