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'116 FRIDAY, APRIL 16 - MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010 Rehoboth's Oak Grove subdivision stalls again Ad-hoc committee to examine street By Ryan Mavity The proposed major subdivi- sion of the Oak Grove Motor Court property has hit yet anoth- er detour. The Oak Grove property is one of the three largest devel- opable pieces of land in the city, along with the Rehoboth Ele- mentary School property and the Baymart property. Chairman Preston Littleton said the commissioners' main concern was how many trees would be saved by the dead-end street. He said the proposed road would save seven trees. "Several of those trees are right smack on the edge of the road," Littleton said. He said engineer Kyle Gul- bronson of URS Corporation has warned that once the road is built, the trees may or may not survive. Littleton said an ad-hoc com- mittee would also review the ef- fect future houses would have on existing trees. "It's the density of trees after you put the road in and after you start developing houses" he said. "Is there going to be enough trees in order to justify reducing the width of the roadF' Alsoat issue are the proposed rear-lot lines. Littleton said that issue would be dealt with after the road is resolved. At a public hearing Friday, April 9, Oak Grove co-owners Paul Lovett and his sister, Donna Benge, said the Oak Grove prop- erty has been in their family since the 1950s. The cottages on the property are now 60 years old. Benge said the family does not plan to build houses but merely to divide the property in- to lots. The property would be renamed "Oak Grove At The Beach." "Our vision is to provide building lots and have nice hous- es," Benge said. "To preserve my grandfather's legacy on our own property." Lover said he hopes to possi- bly save the cottages if they can be moved. He said there was no urgency to sell all the lots and that it will likely take years be- fore the property is built out. Still, neighboring property owners expressed concern about the project, particularly regard- ing parking on Sixth Street be- coming dogged due to addition- al cars from the Oak Grove hous- es. The Oak Grove plans call for an artificial, permeable surface for parking. Richard Kerchoff, owner of the neighboring Canalside-Inn-Re- hoboth, said "I think it's going to put a lot of stress on the parking in the area that I'm not sure is fully accommodated in this lay- out." Kerchoff suggested the street should go all the way through to Canal Street to provide addition- al parking and make it easier for emergency vehicles to go through. Lovett said, "Our approach from the start has been to get this project right. There is no second chance,' The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission has set up an ad- hoc committee to discuss whether a proposed short, dead- end street satisfies city code re- quirements. The Committee will consist of commissioners David Mellen, Patrick Gossett and Tim Spies The plan for the Oak Grove subdivision is to subdivide the property into 15 buildable lots, ranging in size from 5,015 square feet to 7,381 square feet. The pro- posal calls for the interior lots to be served by a short, 40-foot- Continued on page 19 NEWS Cape Gazette Eric M Bloadin, Agent 18958 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Bus: 302-645-7283 www.surfsidecoverage.corn Get discounts up to % If your economy needs some stimulation, !'!1 show you how to make your car insurance dollars work harder. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7 i"= State Farm The 3L's in Real Estate! Location Location Location and List with tou at Lingo's Lou Cristaldi...Realtor Cell 302-228-2988 Jack Lingo Inc. Office 302-227-3883 E-MAIL: