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16 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Milton council accepts proposed town center zone By Rosanne Pack Moving one step closer to a completed Comprehensive Land Use Plan and updated zoning laws, Milton Town Council agreed to a Planning and Zoning Commission proposal for a town center zone designation in the heart of town. Much of the proposed zone is already in commercial use. The town center zone would codify the size and type of commercial activ- ity that is permitted within the area, primarily limiting it to small locally owned food service and re- tail operations. With the approval of council members secured at an Aug. 4 workshop, the Planning and Zon- ing Commission will return the proposal to Ann Marie Townsend, principal planner in the Office of State Planning Coordination, for further review and recommenda- tions. The next step is another public hearing held by planning and zoning to be followed by a town council review and eventual- ly a public referendum. The irregularly shaped zone en- compasses all of downtown Mil- ton along Union and Federal streets. It extends out Federal to Mill Street, including several resi- dential parcels that front on Feder- al. On the river side of Front Street, the zone extends to Wil- son's Sunshine Marina. On the Union Street end of the zone, the library and entire Milton Memorial Park are included; the zone extends across Union and along Magnolia to Mulberry Street. On Mulberry, Casa San Francisco and parcels on the op- posite side of the street are includ- ed as far north as Lavinia Street, Located at opposite ends of Broad Street, only Casa San Fran- cisco and King's Ice Cream are in- eluded in the town center zone. In previous meetings some town res- idents expressed interest in in- Continued on page 17 Eviction Continued from page 9 be trespassing," said Kennedy. She said the five students who were home rushed to f'md the oth- er 12 at their workplaces, warning them they had to retrieve any pos- sessions and valuables within the one-and-a-half hour time frame. The students contend the prob- lem has been compounded since the eviction. On advice of an attorney, they wrote a letter asking for the bal- ance of their rent payment. The students paid $18,530 in advance and believe at least $11,000 is due them. In response, they received a let- ter from Coldwell Banker denying the request and alleging their ad- ditional $2,000 security deposit did not cover cleanup and repairs. The real estate company said an- other $1,500 was owed. "They took pictures claiming the house was untidy, a picture of my bed unmade and a trash bag. I said, Tm being evicted I'm not going to make the bed.' "The rubbish I picked up so they wouldn't have to," said Kennedy. "We have pictures of OUr own." The extra charges include a charge for an unkempt lawn, but the students say Burton promised them a lawn mower but never de- livered it. 'q'he house was in better condi- tion when we left. It's a gorgeous hous, but not well looked after. When we moved in it smelled of must and there was old food in the cabinets and old clothes in the dressers. We bought cleaning supplies and all new bed linens and they were left there," said Harrington. Currently, the Scarborough house sits empty, with a Coldwell Banker rent sign and a Long & Foster sale sign. "They showed the house a few times while we were there. They could fix it up nice now on our money," said Orla Buckley, also from County Cork. Each of the students traveled on a J1 visa, a one-time-only holiday work visa granted by lottery. They paid $1,100 Euro, about $1,350, for the visa, flight and in- surance. Each paid in excess of an additional $1,000 for housing. Although the opportunity to work a summer in Rehoboth again is an impossibility, the students said they would come to the Delaware beaches again. Despite the troubles they have had some positive experiences in Rehoboth and Dewey. "Many people have been bril- liant to us," said Kennedy. Employers of some in the group offered tremendous help in the wake of the eviction. Brighton Suites' owners offered the students four suites for 10 nights while they looked for hous- ing. Owners of Abizak's furniture store, which employs two of the boys, also made three round trips to help the students move their luggage on the day of the sudden eviction. "We are nearly convinced we are on one of those reality TV shows. We keep waiting for someone to come out and say 'They're joking'," said Kennedy. "We'd have sky-high ratings any- way." The 3L's in Real Estate! Location Location Location and List with Lou at Lingo's Lou Cristaldi...Realtor Office 227-3883 lack Lingo Inc. 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