Magnolia’s Jackewicz farm prepares to go to the highest bidder

Murray Wise Associates will conduct the auction of the Jackiewicz farm at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Conference and Training Center of the Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.

Murray Wise Associates will conduct the auction of the Jackewicz farm at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Conference and Training Center of the Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.

MAGNOLIA – A 333-acre working farm just south of Dover that has been under the care of the Jackewicz family for more than 60 years is set for auction on Thursday, July 28.

That’s no small potatoes, considering that Jackewicz farm, which is located within Kent County’s Growth Overlay Zone at 2955 Walnut Shade Road, is being offered for bid in seven different tracts.

Murray Wise Associates LLC, headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, is currently marketing the property and will be conducting the auction in cooperation with Woltz & Associates, of Roanoke, Va.

Murray Wise Associates will conduct the auction at 10 a.m. on July 28 in the Conference and Training Center of the Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.

JACKEWICZ FARM AUCTION Auction will take place on July 28 at 10 a.m. in the Conference and Training Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Dover • Tract 1: 3.97 Acres ideally situated at the intersection of Walnut Shade Road and Briarbush road for a wide range of possible future uses. • Tract 2: 3.68 Acre potential home site currently being farmed. • Tract 3: 3.68 Acre potential home site currently being farmed. • Tract 4: 182.89 Acres with 182± of those acres being tillable irrigated farmland. This productive farmland is serviced by a well with a pumping rate of 720,000 GPD and capacity of 500 GPM. The irrigation equipment includes a 12 tower center pivot and 6-cyliner Detroit Diesel power unit. • Tract 5: 134.41 Acres of which 123± are irrigated tillable farmland. The irrigation is currently provided by two sources including a well with a pumping rate of 1,728,000 GPD and capacity of 1,200 GPM and surface water via Voshell Pond with a pumping rate of 2,160,000 GPD and capacity of 1,500 GPM. The irrigation equipment includes an 11 tower center pivot, a 6-cylinder Volvo Penta Diesel power unit and a portable diesel power unit. Five farm buildings are on Tract 5 including a 25,000 SF packing and cold storage facility, a 5,200 SF steel vehicle shop, a 3,840 SF masonry tool shop, a 6,050 SF wood frame storage shed and a 600 SF two car garage. • Tract 6: 1.53 Acres including a stately brick two story home. Home description on following page. • Tract 7: 2.87 Acres along Walnut Shade road with an 8,800 SF labor housing facility.

JACKEWICZ FARM AUCTION
Auction will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Conference and Training Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Dover
• Tract 1: 3.97 Acres ideally situated at the intersection of Walnut Shade Road and Briarbush road for a wide range of possible future uses.
• Tract 2: 3.68 Acre potential home site currently being farmed.
• Tract 3: 3.68 Acre potential home site currently being farmed.
• Tract 4: 182.89 Acres with 182± of those acres being tillable irrigated farmland. This productive farmland is serviced by a well with a pumping rate of 720,000 GPD and capacity of 500 GPM. The irrigation equipment includes a 12 tower center pivot and 6-cyliner Detroit Diesel power unit.
• Tract 5: 134.41 Acres of which 123± are irrigated tillable farmland. The irrigation is currently provided by two sources including a well with a pumping rate of 1,728,000 GPD and capacity of 1,200 GPM and surface water via Voshell Pond with a pumping rate of 2,160,000 GPD and capacity of 1,500 GPM. The irrigation equipment includes an 11 tower center pivot, a 6-cylinder Volvo Penta Diesel power unit and a portable diesel power unit. Five farm buildings are on Tract 5 including a 25,000 SF packing and cold storage facility, a 5,200 SF steel vehicle shop, a 3,840 SF masonry tool shop, a 6,050 SF wood frame storage shed and a 600 SF two car garage.
• Tract 6: 1.53 Acres including a stately brick two story home. Home description on following page.
• Tract 7: 2.87 Acres along Walnut Shade road with an 8,800 SF labor housing facility.

The Jackewicz farm includes 316 acres of productive irrigated farmland as well as a 4,000-square-foot custom brick home with a two-car garage and an in-ground pool.

The property also features several farm buildings, including a 25,000-square-foot produce packing and cold storage facility and an 8,800-square-foot employee housing facility.

Jackewicz farm is zoned Agricultural Conservation, which allows for a wide range of potential uses from farming to low density single family home development.

“The land being offered really is an investment double play – currently productive cropland, but also sitting in the path of future growth, next to The Orchards, a high-end residential neighborhood only minutes from downtown Dover,” said Joe Bubon, president of Murray Wise Associates.

“By offering the property in tracts, we make it possible for someone seeking just the home to purchase that. A farmer, developer or investor can bid just on the farmland. Of course, someone might very well buy the entire property and have a self-contained estate farm with long term development potential.”

Mr. Bubon also noted that the farmland has unlimited potential.

“Most of the farmland is contained in two irrigated tracts – one 182 acres and the other 134 acres,” he said. “Historically, this land has been planted in potatoes and it is now being leased and planted in winter wheat and peas.”

Chiqui Gavilan and Marisa Chaves, a realty team out of for Long & Foster’s Bethany Beach office, had marketed the farm property for about half a year before Shirley Jackewicz decided to put it up for auction.

Ms. Gavilan said that Jackewicz Farms is a dream property and they had several interested parties looking at it, some from as far away as China and India.

“I truly think this is a tremendous investment opportunity, considering that you have 333 acres that is centrically located,” she said. “We were thinking it could be a low density housing development, but we thought it could also be a solar farm, vineyard or golf course.

“As a ‘last of its kind’ single largest tract available in the area, Jackewicz Farms is truly in a league of its own.”

Ms. Chaves agreed.

“This unique opportunity simply doesn’t often come along,” she said.

Individuals seeking additional information regarding the upcoming Jackewicz Farms auction may visit www.murraywiseassociates.com or call 800-607-6888.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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