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18 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, June 19 June 25, 1998 Review of Lewes boat3'0000d project deferred until July 15 By Dennis Forney Lewes Planning Commission members did not discuss a com- mercial-residential complex planned for the Lewes Boatyard property.on Wednesday, June 17, as was originally announced. According to Jim Kiernan, one of the principals in the project, he was informed by Lewes officials that there was an item missing from the application. "We were told that we hadn't met the burden for the agenda so we've moved our date up to July 15," said Kier- nan. "By then we will have either resolved that the item isn't really necessary or that we will have met the need. There's also an ease- ment on the property that's a con- cern that has to be worked out. But in the meantime we're fine- tuning the project, finalizing our plans and looking forward to July 15." Kiernan, in partnership with contractor Ron Moore, proposes to clear the Lewes Boatyard's nearly 1.4 acres of its present buildings and boatyard appurte- nances. In their place, they pro- pose building a complex of 23 commercial units at the Front Street level and 23 residential units on two stories above them. Vehicle traffic would access the project from Front Street at the public launching ramp end of the property. "We've planned the en- trance at that location to have as much visibility and clear space as possible," said Kiernan. A parking garage on the ground level would provide more than 80 spaces for public and residential use. Kiernan said previously that his goal is to have a project that meets all of Lewes' existing develop- ment guidelines. He plans to ask for no zoning variances as he pro- ceeds. Lewes Building Inspector Bill Massey said he advised Kiernan to remove the item from the June 17 agenda because he did not yet have a letter from the Board of Public Works saying the city's utilities were adequate for what's being proposed. "It was my origi- nal intention to have the project on the June 17 agenda," said Massey, "but then I realized the BPW letter was missing. That's one item that must be complied with before a project can go for- ward. I have to be able to tell planning commission members that the electric, water and sewer system can handle what's being proposed." Massey said he's also con- cerned about a 16-inch sewer main that runs through the boat- yard prope.rty. "They tell me they can get those things worked out but they are a concern at this point," said Massey. "And there are some le- gal questions that I'm waiting for some interpretation on from the town's legal counsel. This is defi- nitely not a hurry-up-and get-it- done project. Everything has to be looked at carefully for the good of all parties - to avoid problems down the road." Rehoboth buys land adjacent to McQ ay's Ice House By Trish Vernon The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners completed the last piece of the puzzle that gives them ownership of all of the land north of Rehoboth Avenue, bordering the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal at the entrance to the city, Friday, June 12. They voted to purchase a 4,272-square-foot triangular par- cel adjacent to McQuay's Ice House land, which the city pur- chased this year as well. The piece of land they agreed to buy on Friday is owned by Nor- man Sugrue, who purchased it at auction from the city in the early 1980s at a price of $34,000. Sug- rue has had the land on the market for 15 years and the cit agreed to pay his asking price of $125,000. "It completes the area the city purchased and I think it's prudent for the city to own it," said Mayor Sam Cooper before they went into executive session to hammer out the details and discuss whether to counter the offer or accept it as is. With commissioners Jack Hyde, Betty Ann Kane and Don Derrick- son absent from the meeting, the vote to accept the offer came in 3- 1, with Commissioner Bitsy Cochran casting the lone dissent- ing vote. "I didn't disagree with the pur- chase per se, but I believe we should have negotiated the price, so I felt uncomfortable voting for it," Cochran explained following the meeting. "My father always taught me to resist the temptation that 'if I don't buy it today, it will be gone tomorrow.' After all, we're talking taxpayer money to purchase a lot that's less than 5,000-square feet, which isn't a buildable lot." She was also unhappy with the alacrity with which the matter was settled. "We were given the con- tract Tuesday and expected to vote on Friday, when normally under these circumstances, we'd mull it over at a workshop," Cochran said. Now that the contract is signed, however, Cochran noted "We'd better use it for something other than planting trees. We'd better put something there that the com- munity can use," as between the McQuay's parcel and the Sugrue Continued on page 19 The boatyard proposal is the first project being reviewed by Lewes Planning Commission un- der the authority of the town's new subdivision ordinance that was passed into law in April of this year. Before final approval is received, the project will need to go before the town's Commercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) for approval in addition 800 Kings Hwy. 4157 Hwy. One Lewes . Rehoboth 302-645-2881 302-227-5000 800-800-4129 800-800-4134 to the meeting with Lewes Plan- ning Commission. Final approval will have to come from town council. 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