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16 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 DeBraak Continued from page 1 been the proprietors of the popular Kupchick's Restaurant since they first opened its doors on May 29, 1985. "We were forced into this," said Daria this week. "Our property has been so devalued by the emp- ty DeBraak building. When we saw Judge Graves' decision to overturn the variances that would have brought that building down, we knew that was it. No one else in their right mind would touch that building now. It has crippled us for the last nine years. This was the first and only opportunity to get out of here with our shirts. George and HKM have saved us with this contract. Essentially we've paid on the mortage for all these years and we'll end up with nothing. The sale will really only pay what we owe. But we had no choice given the circumstances. That's the economic reality of the situation." Horn said she and Krasnoff ex- plained the situation to their em- Zoning Continued from page 10 Commercial Core zone would re- main at 40 feet," said Bisbee. Another name change would in- volve the residential area of Lewes Beach. Instead of being called R- 2, which is a residential zone with minimum lot size of 5,000-square feet, the residential areas of Lewes Beach would be the LB (Lewes Beach) zone with a permitted height of 34 feet. On the mainland side of town, the R-2 zone would become the OT (Old Town) zone with minimum lot sizes of 4,000- square feet and a height limit of 30.5 feet. The height limit for the LB zone is higher than in the OT zone because flood plain regula- tions require houses in most areas of Lewes Beach to be built on pil- ings to keep their first floors above stormwater damage. Bisbee said the new zoning also proposes to change the zoning in the commercial section of Savan- :i iii;i:ii logos brochures + menus + posters web site design packaging This is an artist's conception of the Dolphin Bay Resort Motel which will be situated on the Kupchick's and DeBraak properties on Lewes Beach. ployees in a meeting last Saturday night. "I think we'll be open at least through November and prob- ably until the first of the year," said Horn. "Of course the sales contract is contingent on HKM's being able to get the necessary permits and approvals to proceed with its motel. I plan to continue on with my wedding cake busi- ness but beyond that we're uncer- tain what we'll be doing. All I know is that Kupchick's will be gone forever." HKM won't be able to start on the process of getting its permits for the new project for at least 90 days, unless Lewes ends a build- ing moratorium, implemented during the Monday, Aug. i0 nah Road in the area of Lloyd's IGA and several doctors' offices to Commercial Residential 2 in recognition of the mixed use of the area. In that zone, the height limit would be 30.5 feet. Another part of the proposal, which speaks to the core values of Lewes being a community of hu- mane scale and diversity, allows for the use of so-called floating districts to allow special residen- tial projects that deviate from the usual pattern of development. The so-called Old Town Devel- opment District and Open Space Community Development District could be applied to certain parcels in town if certain conditions were met to meet the needs of the core values of Lewes. For example, the Old Town floating district would permit development simlar to the more tightly built streets in the older part of town where hous- es are closer together, on smaller lots, and closer to the sidewalk. Continued on page 19 Delores Jean Interiors Shop- In- Home Dee Walls Decorating Consultant display ads tees copywriting + editing monthly meeting, earlier than planned. Metz said his partner, Mark Hardt, attempted to file plans for the project on Monday of this week prior to implementa- tion of the moratorium Monday night. "But Bill Massey [Lewes build- ing inspector] refused to take them," said Metz. "We're waiting now for a written response from either him or the city manager as to why. We feel we met the nec- essary requirements to be accept- ed." Massey said on Thursday that the new motel proposal must com- ply with provisions of the city's subdivision and land development ordinance implemented in June of this year. "I didn't receive a written re- quest for review of these plans un- til Tuesday, Aug. 1 1," said Massey. "I explained that they had to meet the requirements of the subdivision and land develop- ment ordinance and that they had to have the required materials into me by 4 p.m. Monday. I did re- ceive a tentaive plot plan and a I A SMARTER WAY TO GET SOME SUN THIS SUMMER. Summer's here and so is a full line of window fashions from Hunter Douglas. Give your favorite windows a cool, breezy look for the summer -- or maybe turn up the heat with some dramatic new summer styles. Now's the perfect time to celebrate summer -- Hunter Douglas. Changing the world one window at a time. Ilmterlb00a00 WlNJeW $A|Nleg$ 226 letter from the Board of Public Works about the availability of utilities but no letter of intent as required by the new law." Metz said the proposed new motel would fit on the space cur- rently occupied by the DeBraak shell and Kupchick's. He said the motel building would include 62 parking spaces at street level with the rooms above the parking. "We also expect the traffic impact to actually decrease in that area because the Kupchick's bar and restaurant operation will no longer be there. After we ran into prob- lems with our other project, we tried to figure out how we could proceed without zoning variances. That's when we decided to ap- proach Kupchick's. They're hap- py, we're happy, but we're all up- set about the moratorium. We wanted to get moving forward sooner. Mark has spoken to repre- sentatives of DelDOT [Delaware Department of Transportation] and they say the entrance permits we had for our other project would still hold for this one." The other project also involved a 57-unit motel that had been de- signed to meet concerns of the Commercial Architecture Review Commission and had won its ap- proval. However the Ocean House Condominum Association, Lewes Homeowners Association and Lewes resident Richard An- thony appealed the zoning vari- ances granted by the Lewes Board of Adjustment. They argued that not enough evidence had been submitted to prove that a project couldn't be built on the property within the story, height and set- back limitations prescribed by Lewes zoning. They objected to the mass and height of the pro- posed building and worried about the precedent that such variances would set for the surrrounding Lewes Beach area. HKM Partnership includes Mark Hardt of Seahawk Design Technology; Jim Kyger of All States Construction; and Metz, who operates three Sea Esta Mo- tels in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. tian Music Fans: obox '98 is coming to Wildwood- and we're sailing you to the fun! Be part of this all-day Christian Music Festival featuring some of :  America's best pop, rock and alterna- tive bands.Join us Saturday, August 29, at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, N.J.! Sail the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as a foot pas- senger, then take a shuttle to this Creation Concerts festival-live on the beach next to Morey's Piers! Your $39.50 ticket package gets you round-trip foot passage on the Ferry, shuttle service to and from Wildwood, admission to Sand-box '98, AND amuse- ment rides at Morey's Piers from noon till 5! The Ferry will depart the Lewes Terminal at 9 a.m. and make the return trip from the Cape May Terminal at 7:40 p.m. For more information, call 1-888-MOREYS-1. FERRY to reserve ticket package. 226-8848 or 422-3426