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16 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, June 7 - June 13, 1996 Developers Continued from page 1 col. The Food City parcel is owned by Property Development Associ- ates out of Portland, Oregon. Derrickson, Dyer and Thomp- son are also involved in develop- ment of the Lighthouse Plaza shopping center under construc- tion north of Kmart along the northbound lane of Rt. 1. No pur- chase price has been mentioned in conjunction with the Food City sale. Joe Reed, of RE/MAX Realty Group, confirmed the other major contract signed recently. He said that Ocean Properties LLC, owned by a local busi- nessperson who requested to re- main unidentified, signed a con- tract to purchase the Ocean Bay Mart shopping center along the northbound lane of Rt. 1 south of the canal in Rehoboth Beach. He said the company purchased the nine plus acres from the Tunnell and Marvel families of George- town. "The company purchased the families' stock that controls the property," said Reed. He said the contract price is in the same ball park as the $1.6 million listed as the asking price for the Bay Mart stock. The property is the largest parcel of commercial prop- erty in Rehoboth Beach city lim- its. "The new owners are consider- ing several options," said Reed. "They're considering everything from remodeling the existing shopping center that's there to a mixed use project involving resi- dential and commercial uses. The back portion of the property reaches back to the headwaters of Silver Lake and includes about four and a half acres. Reed said one option being considered would include razing the former 27,000 square foot A&P food store in the back portion of the property and replacing it with some residential units. "I spoke with Rehoboth Beach building inspector Susan Freder- ick this week to clarify some zon- ing questions," said Reed. "Everything that's being consid- ered at this point is permitted un- der the commercial zoning that applies to the property. The buy- ers want to take their time on this project," said Reed. "They want whatever they eventually do to be an asset to Rehoboth Beach and they expect to put a lot of money into the project. I know the new owners would like to find an up- scale grocery store for the center much as the last owners had been searching for for a number of years." Townsend Continued from page 1 bers and with Townsend. She said the sentence guideline for the murder charge is 10 to 20 years of imprisonment, and the weapons charge holds a two to 20 year sentence. "I'm hoping it's going to be something close to the minimum, but that's up to Judge Graves," said Beauregard. According to court reports and police documents, Townsend and Joseph Miller, Jr., 21, became in- volved in a dispute with Frey fol- lowing what appeared to be a drug transaction gone awry. Frey's body was discovered at Nassau Valley Vineyard on April 1, 1995. According to a deposition from Delaware State Police Det. Curtis Brown, an autopsy revealed that Frey died of "cerebral hemorrhag- ing from blunt force trauma to the head and the body and also a stab wound to the lower left leg, which severed the femoral vein." Brown testified during the sup- pression hearing that witnesses had told detectives that a dispute over money owed for a drug pur- chase had arisen between the vic- tim and the accused. He said his information was that Townsend and Miller were planning to meet with Frey to pay him on behalf of someone else. However, when they found themselves short $50, tension escalated. "They got in a fight," Brown said. 'The victim tried to get away from them. Mr. Townsend threw the knife and it struck the victim in the leg." During the bearing, Brown said that when detectives searched the home where Townsend appeared to be residing with his girlfriend, they found a jean jacket and pair of jeans in plastic bags in a trash can near the street in front of the home. "Those clothes were wet and appeared to have the outline of a blood stain," said Brown. "They smelled of bleach and were dripping wet," he said. He added that police also seized a pair of sneakers when they exe- cuted the warrants. He said they appeared to be spotted with blood. He said there was also a copy of a newspaper folded open to head- lines of the Frey murder. According to Brown's testimo- ny, detectives found shoe prints and blood at the scene when they found Frey's body. "There was blood around where the victim was and hair pulled out that we thought might have been the vic- tim's...he had been beaten...his jeans were bloody as well as his shirt." In a letter sent to Judge William Swain Lee and recorded in court documents on June 27, 1995, Miller stated that although he knew what was happening at the time of the murder, he did not par- ticipate in its commission. "I can truly state that I did not assault the victim at all," Miller's letter stated. "I tried to stop the assault, but I was assaulted and shoved to the ground. I had no knowledge of the weapon that was used during the assault." Miller was also charged with first degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the com- mission of a felony and second degree conspiracy. His trial is scheduled to begin on July 29. Reed said the firm will settle on the project in the fall. "A lot of people have been talking about the property recently," he said. "My understanding is that there were five competing offers on the table simultaneously." Reed represented the buyers in the contract while Bill Vernon of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn repre- sented the sellers. Sewer billing alternatives to be discussed Tuesday Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels may present billing alternatives for the county's sewer districts to County Council on Tuesday, June 11. Stickels said those options will be presented if the County Coun- cil wants to hear them. On Tues- day, the council will hold a public hearing on both its proposed bud- get and on the sewer rates for the sewer districts administered by Sussex County. No changes are proposed for the sewer rates and Stickels said he believes the current way of billing is the fairest and most beneficial system for most sewer district USers. Stickels declined to comment on possible billing alternatives, saying he would prefer to present them to Council before discussing any options. But the proposed budget says that alternatives would tend to benefit the North Bethany and West Rehoboth Sew- er District users. WELCOME VISITORS TO THE CITY OF REHOBOTH BEdkCH PARKING PERMII REQUIR] DAILY 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. IN ALL NON-MErER] AREAS wrI'HIN THE CHY FRIDAY BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY THROUGH LABOR DAY PERMIT SALES LOCATIONS City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Avenue, (Next door to Fire Department) Phone 227-6181 or 227-4641 Office Hours: Dally - 8:30 A.M: - 4:30 P.M. 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