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Lewes panel revises historic district-expansion recommendation Additional Pilot-town Road homes included By Henry J. Evans Jr. hevans@capegazette.com The Lewes Historic Preserva- tion Commission will revise its recommendation to mayor and council on expansion of the city's historic district to include 26 ad- ditional homes on Pilottown Road. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in January voted unanimously to recom- mend that homes on sections of West Savannah Road, Kings Highway, Fourth Street and Pilot- town Road be included in the proposed historic district expan- sion. The commission chose not to recommend expansion of the district to include homes on East Savannah Road and Gills Neck Road. Because of the addition of the Pilottown Road homes the com- mission at its Tuesday, March 4 meeting, voted to request that the mayor and council delay set- ting a public hearing date on the proposed expansion. Also in the revised recommen- dation is the addition of avacant lot on Kings Highway. Because of changes in its rec- ommendation, the I-IPC must set a public hearing date to listen to comments about the revised ex- pansion. City Councilwoman Barbara Vaughan, an ex officio member of the HPC, said public concerns about the pot loss of additional historic homes on Pilottown is one of the primary reasons for revising the recommendation. Vaughan and HPC Chairman Jim Richmann also walked along Pilottown Road conducting an informal survey of homes north of New Road. Vaughan and Richmann said their survey found a mixture of homes - some of architectural or historical significance - that they thought should have been in- cluded in the panel's January rec- ommendation. The panel's January decision to drop areas along East Savan- nah Road and Gills Neck Road initially considered for district expansion was in part based on letters and public hearing com- ments from homeowners who said many structures in the area lack historical or architectural significance. A Gills Neck Road homeowner said it was too late to include a section of the road because the area had "already lost its historic nature" Dewm 2 Continued from page 9 three out of five commissioners could overturn the restriction. Tush said this makes it vulnera- ble to the influence of local busi- ness. A charter amendment does not deny at/individual or busi- ness the right to appeal, said Tush. They can petition the council, she said, and request that the issue return to referen- dum. But because the bill passed by referendum, the people have spoken, Tush said. "People don't want a high-rise in Dewey Beach," Tush said. 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