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16 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette L ewe townhouses in two buildings S at the corner of Savannah and Anglers roads. Other developers Continued from page 1 have expressed interest in build- ing in the marine commercial than someone searching for a zone, Osler said. property to rent. "I personally would like more Local Realtor Lee Ann Wilkin- of a record before we go down son spoke in favor of Diver's this path in what is a very impor- project. She said Diver's plan will tam part of Lewes down to our attract a different group of buy- public beach," she said. ers, older Lewes residents who Speaking in front of the board no longer wish to maintain their of adjustment, Wilkinson said yard, home and property, the special exception has boosted interest from potential buyers in Council reconsiders exceptions that zone. She's personally seen Lewes Mayor and City Council the effect on a piece of property will hold a public hearing Thurs- she's had on the market for many day, Feb. 13, regarding a proposed years. moratorium on future applica- "I couldn't sell it because it tions for a special exception in didn't make sense," she said. "It the marine commercial district, was for sale for four years or Councilwoman Bonnie Osler something like that untilthe spe- said she is concerned couricil cial exception came along. Then opened the door to development somebody right away wanted to it may not want when it voted to do something." allow special exceptions in May What often turned people 2013. away, she said, was a commercial and residential mix requirement IN ADDITION TO DIVER'S that forced developers to have PROJECT, THE BOARD commercial space on the ground floor. That is the case at the Cap- OF ADJUSTMENT ALSO tain's Quarters and Safe Harbor APPROVED A PLAN BY condos, both built prior to the special exception. Wilkinson said VIRGINIA-BASED DEVELOPER it is difficult to rent the first-floor EVERGREENE COMPANIES INC. commercial units at both places. TO BUILD NINE TOWNHOUSES "It's hard for people to make it work," she said. "There's just IN TWO BUILDINGS AT THE not enough foot traffic going by CORNER OF SAVANNAH AND there to make it wore Everybody wants to be on Second Street ANGLERS ROADS. because people walk by.!' Osler proposed a hold on all "Our experience so far has applications for nine months shown they have unleashed quite while mayor and council recon- an explosion of townhouses in sider whether that is the path the marine commercial district," they wish to take. A resolution to she said. "I personally think we hold a public hearing on the mat- need to take a breather and take ter was unanimously approved a good look at this. I'm not pre- by mayor and council. judging whether townhouses "The marine commercial are the way to go or not; I don't district was originally adopted know." In addition to Diver's according to the code to further project, the board of adjustment our core value with the sea," also approved a plan by Virgin- Osler said. "I'm not sure that this ia-based developer Evergreene townhouse approach is consis- Companies Inc. to build nine tent with that." IMAGES COURTESY OF CLIFF DIVER LEWES BUSINESSMAN CLIFF DIVER has been granted permission to move forward with an eight-unit townhouse project at the corner of Savannah Road and Massachusetts Avenue in Lewes. The townhouse complex will be split into two four-unit buildings. , -- ~' ~ ~ F ~--v-- r "~"~-'i ~~', F A pencil drawing shows the layout of the townhouse project.