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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 18 - Thursday, April 24, 1997 Volume 4, NO. 48 Group seeks to demolish DeBraak, build motel By Dennis Forney George Metz of Rehoboth Beach, and two partners, signed a contract this week that could lead to demolition of the empty DeBraak shell on Lewes Beach. Metz, owner of three Sea Esta Motels - two in Dewey Beach and one in Rehoboth Beach, and Jim Kyger of Selbyville and Mark Hardt of Bethany Beach, would like to replace the existing building with a 57 room motel. Metz said the contact for purchase of the building and commercial parcel overlook- ing Delaware Bay at the foot of Savannah Road is contingent on plans receiving nec- essary Lewes approvals and permits. Cur- rent owner is Bayfront Associates which includes a number of members of the EDIS contracting ftrm in Wilmington. Metz said plans for the new building will be taken before Lewes's Commercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) on Thursday, May 1. The plans, he said, will show the influence of Dutch architec- ture reflecting the city's earliest European development. "It would be niceo to get Continued on page 11 photo Face of downtown Rehoboth Beach changing rapidly This photograph taken from the upper floors of the nal metalstructure of Dominick PuIieri's First Street Sta- Brighton Suites on Wilmington Avenue offers a sense of tion Js rapidly filling the city block along First Street the dramatic change occurring in the appearance of between Rehoboth Avenue and Wilmington while the old downtown Rehobeth Beach's commercial core. The inter- Carousel undergoes a transformation beTond. | Judge says Silver Lake path will remain public By ten Ellingsworth Over five months worth of hearings and legal delibe,ation has resulted in a decision by Superior Court 1udge Henley Graves to keep a .50-foot wide Silver Lake path open for the publicto use. Owners of four Sil- ver Lake homes, along with the Delaware Department of Trans- portation (DelDGT) .: petitioned last Novem- GRAVES ber to vacate the right- of-way, which was designated as part of the original street system in 1876. In a 12-page order he issued on Tuesday, April 15, Graves revisits a statement he made at the Thursday, March 26, hearing. At that time, Graves said he was opposed to the idea of a smaller, limited public path, and added that "You can't split the baby." Graves' sentiment then was a foreshad- owing of his ultimate decision. "My authority is to either vacate the road or deny the petition," be wrote in his order. "I have no authority to convert this road Continued on page 12 Route l's Townsend Square.. headed to Sussex planners By Michtwl Short .... most persistent rumor being that a grocery buildings and a massive retail complex. Specifically, here is what is proposed for The long awaited Townsend Square pro- store, a Giant, would be located on site. But it is not the only Route 1 Woject the land, according to Shane Abbott, Sussex ject on Route 1 will be heard by the Sussex The approximately 15-acre location is being considered by the Planning ant County Planning and Zoning Assistant County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, April 24. Three major projects will be considered for the Route 1 area at the meeting, the largest and most controversial of which will be Townsend Square. The site has been. located next to Postal Lane in the empty field immediately north of the Rehoboth Outlet Center (L.L. Bean site) and was pre- viously considered for an expansion to that Gutlet Center. Those plans, however, were dropped. The considered ripe for development with the proposed project includes four separate [ Zon- ing Commission. Donald Derrick son's plans for a motel in the parcel next to the Townsend land and a proposal to bu lid 69 multi-family units on the Mills Pr'|perty next to Delaware State Police Troop Seven will also be debated. I But the biggest is the Townsend project. l Director. Gne building is proposed to house a 55,000 square foot food store, a 15,000 square foot retail area, a 25,000square foot department store and another 11,200 square foot retail area. Continued on page 11