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44 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 Ca00eryVillage cited as example of Livable Delaware Ribbon ciatting draws dignitaries to Milton By Rosanne Pack The gentle drizzle that damp- ened Milton, April 25, seemed on- ly to nourish the enthusiasm of more than 300 people who came to participate in the ribbon,cutting ceremony for Cannery Village. State and local officials joined Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and mem- bers Of the Thomas H. Draper family in officially, opening the planned housing and business community that occupies the sprawling property that once was the home of Draper King Cole Cannery. Located on the south- east side of Milton, the completed project is scheduled to be home to more than 500 families and a vari- ety of small neighborhood busi- nesses and offices. Dogfish Head Brewery,,' WBOC-TV satellite studio and Delmarva Online are already 1o-. cated at the site and the lust four- plex rental homes will be avail- able this summer. The project is expected to take seven to 10 years to complete. In her remarks, the governor cited Cannery village as the first on-the-ground example of what her administration envisioned with the Livable Delaware initia- tive. She pointed out the aban- doned cannery was a brownfields site that is being converted to a usable, beneficial multiuse area without destroying farmland or other open space. She said that the community not only is recycling ground concrete from demolished cannery build- ings, some old'intact bui!dings themselves have been recycled in- to homes for the brewery and of- flees. " "When people throughout the state ask me what a Livable Delaware looks like, I tell them about Cannery Village," Minner said. "Using this site saved farm- land and open space elsewhere in Sussex County, and the project was able to tie into the town's wa- ter, seer and other services. That prevents sprawl." She complimented Draper and his wife, Karla, on their vision andtienc in working with the Town of Milton, her office and a number of state agencies in the cooperative effort required to plan and carry out the project. Draper and'his family own the property. Cannery Village was the first project to receive a Livable Delaware matching grant for brownfields Cleanup. Included for the agencies involved is per- mitting and guiding developers through required regulations are Dan Cook photos More than 300 people attending the rlbbon-cutting ceremony of Cannery Village in Milton April 25. The planned housing and business community is scheduled to be home to more than 500 families and a variety of small neighborhood businesses and offices. the Delaware Departments of Transportation and Delaware De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Economic Devel- opment Office and the State Plan- ning Office. "I wish I could say Cannery Vil- lage was my idea," said Minner, "but I certainly hope it inspires other communities and developers throughout the state to apply the principles of Livable Delaware and be rewarded because people want to live and work in commu- nities such as this." Draper Welcomed the crowd and credited those officials and those from the private sector who have worked with the Cannery Village team. He identifies him- self as one who has always en- joyed the outdoors, whether hunt- ing, walking or just observing na- ture. He has taken care to ensure Cannery Village preserves creeks, wetlands, woodlands and open space throughout the develop- ment. Milton Mayor Jack Bushey echoed the governor's gratitude to Draper and his family for having the vision to create the communi- ty. He said the partnerships estab- lished in the beginning stages of the development have already been of benefit to Milton. "I thank Tom for having the vi- sion to see what all the Tovn of Milton has to offer," Bushey said. "The partnerships will continue to be beneficial to the area and I wish them success." Commenting after the cere- Continued on page 45 A Limited Selection of New Homes Overlooking the Bay and Wetlands, from the Upper $130s Boat Sli Included! We't ll the Bgstfog Lgst 1. The sun is just about to set On The Reserve at Rowlock, an enclave of distinctive new homes with million-doUar views of pristine wetlands, marinas and breathtaking Indian River Bay. Finished with every possible amenity, these homes aren't for everyone - only for those discerning individuals who enjoy the very best the resort lifestyle has to offer. Private bay beaches, miles of walking trails and golf car paths, swimming pools, tennis courts, crabbing and fishing docks, and private marina access are just some of the many amenities enjoyed by Pot-Nets commity residents. And with prices starting from the upper $130s, The Reserve at Rowlock is proof that milh'on-dollar vie don't" have to cost a fortune. But you'd better hurry, selection is limited and these homes are sure to go fast.