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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, APRIL 16- THURSDAY. APRIL 18, 2013 11 By Henry J. Evans Jr. Plans for a new Lewes Public Library building and a trail head and transportation hub on a 5.5- acre site drew about 20 officials and observers at an initial pre- sentation. The proposed plan ties to- gether the existing library site, the new library site, parking, a trailhead with public amenities, a transportation hub and other features. "The opportunities are to in- tegrate the new library with the existing lib[ary, the park and the trail feature. We want to preserve the trees as much a possible in Stango Park," said Matthew Sprong, landscape architect and principal with Landscape Ar- chitectural Services LLC. The company is working with Ma k Chura of Chura & Associates to develop the plan. The men spoke to about 20 citizens including Lewes Mayor and City Council, Lewes Public Library Board members, and a few people with no official affili- ations at an April 10 presentation at Lewes City Hall. Lewes Mayor ]im Ford, speak- ing at the city's April 8 meeting, said the project would no longer be referred to as the Lewes Gate- way project because it was being confused with Lewes Historic Byway - Gateway to the Nation project. "We're calling it the no-name project," Ford said. He said the Delaware Library Association has required the building's size to be increased from 20,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet. Ford said the association deter- mined a larger building would better accommodate the area's projected growth through 2025. Sprong said minimizing ve- hicle and pedestrian conflict at the site is a priority. Sprong said the site would have a total of 120 parking spac- es. Chura said site parking has a constraint because a portion of the land was purchased with state money earmarked for out- door recreation. "That money will be support- ing the trailhead component and it will be for around 50 parking spaces, but the final number is yet to be determined," he said. Sp.rong said the parking lot could be a permeable surface, which would help with stormwa- ter management. He said the multiuse area has three proposed entry points. "The area has a natural swale, and we've thought about using that as a stormwater manage- ment area with a rain garden using native plants to help filter water and reduce sediment and pollution," Sprong said. Chura said the Delaware River and Bay Authority, owner of Freeman Highway, which runs parallel to the new library site, is amenable to improving the view of the library site from the highway. Chura said the ]hnction & Breakwater trailhead entrance might be from Monroe Avenue and Freeman Highway. He said there have been discussions with DRBA about installing a traffic signal at the intersection, but de- tails have not been workedout. "DelDOT will be building the trailhead. ?They're providing the money for the design and construction," Chura said. The plan calls for restrooms, a shelter, and bike racks and bike repair stations. "If there are other things you'd like to see, that's what we want to hear," Chura said. He said for the system to be CLASSICAL MUSIC DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH BEACH CHOCOLATES FUDGE ICE CREAM Ice Cream Sunday-Mond ay $1 OFF All Ice Cream T Sweet dr Perfect Thursday-Friday BUY 1 GET 1 FREE: Hand-Crafted Fudge The Perfect Caramel Apple 140 REHOBOTH AVE" 302.227.3611 Open Thursday-Monday Call for store hours Add to .your Google + Circles for local news updatesl t HENRY J. EVANS JR. PHOTO MATTHEW SPRONG DESCRIBES preliminary land-use plans to integrate Lewes Public Library's existing site and Stango Park with the new library's 5.5- acre site. The new site will include parking, a trailhead with amenities and a transportation hub. Sprong is a landscape architect with Landscape Architec- tural Services LLC in Dover. successful, there should be mul- should be kept. tiple trailheads along the 35-mile Chura asked the public to corridor in this area. think about the new site but Sprong said trees on the site to keep in mind: "The existing are invasive species that are in library site is not part of this poor condition and are also full process. That will evolve under of ivy and honeysuckle, its own steam," he said. "It would probably be good to "This is an exciting project, do some reforestation with pre- and in a lot of ways it's unique," dominately native plants that are Chura Said. The next presenta- sustainable," Sprong said.tion is 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, He said there are also a few April 17, at the Lewes Public red cedar trees on the site that Library. CONCERTS DON'T MISS IT! 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