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-.a CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 17 - September 23, 1999 - 17 - " 5 Sussex Council makes transportation priorities known DelDOT to consider capital projects Sept. 23 By Michael Short Sussex County Council has made its road priorities known. County council normally offers a list of priorities when the Delaware Department of Transportation (DeIDOT) holds its annu- al meeting to discuss capital projects for the next five years. That meeting offers a blueprint of road, bridge and transit plans for the next five years. It's called the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and the department will hold that meeting Thursday, Sept. 23 in the Del- DOT south district offices on Route 113. The plans will be available for public re- view from 2:30 to 9 p.m. County Administrator Bob Stickels laid out the county's priorities Tuesday, Sept. 14, and appealed for the public to attend a meeting that ugually attracts precious few members of the public. The top priorities are Route 26. Route 54, Route 404, Route 24, Route 17, Route 36, Route 1 and eliminating the county's tar- and-chip roadways. On the issue of Route 1, Stickels said the county supports a new park-and-ride lot in the vicinity of Nassau. That is one of several recommendations contained in the DelDOT grid study of Route 1. Stickels said the county also sup- ports widening of Route 1 to add a third lane north of Route 24 southbound, Re- hoboth Avenue entrance improvements to facilitate bus movement to Rehoboth Beach, improvements to Five Points to make better use of the proposed new park- an- ride lot and better movement of bicy- cles between Airport Road and Rehoboth Beach. Stickels also called for additional im- provements in the approximately one mile area south of Rehoboth Beach and north of Dewey Beach. That area has received more attention re- cently, although some local residents have asked repeatedly for a traffic signal in the Bayard Avenue area. The council made resurfacing Route 24 one of its priorities and said the intersection of Route 5 and Route 24 needed additional work. Stickels called for resurfacing much of Route 9 between the Maryland border and Route 1, saying it is dotted with potholes and needs repair work often. "If you were visually impaired, when you entered Delaware from Maryland, you would know from the road surface," Stick- els quipped. There was also a call for elimination of tar and chip roadways and for Route 54 im- provements with Stickels noting that a huge planned development with 2,800 housing units and two golf courses ts increasing the pressure onthe roadway. Savannah East raises concerns at Sussex P&Z meeting Residents worry about traffic, property values By Michael Short A proposal by Dyer-McCrea Ventures to develop approximate- ly 19 acres of land into three parcels drew several critics at the Thursday, Sept. 9 meeting of the Sussex County Planning and Zon- ing Commission. The proposal calls for develop- ing the area bordered by Route 1 and Route 268A, the site of the former proposed mall by Tanger. It is near the point where Route 1 and Kings Highway meet and would be used for three separate uses. according to plans presented by Pret Dyer. Dyer said the plans call for a 72-unit apartment complex called Savannah East, the home of the New Covenant Presbyterian Church and a complex of senior housing. New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now located in Light- house Plaza beneath a sandwich shop, Casapulla's. The first phase of the project, Savannah East. prompted criticism from several local residents. The commission, laboring un- der a lengthy agenda that caused it to defer most of the items on the agenda, deferred the request by Dyer-McCrea. Local residents worried about traffic, particularly because the entrance road would be located behind a row of approximately four homes. They argued that that would leave Kings Highway in front of them and a busy entrance road directly behind them. The issue is not on the agenda for the next meeting of the com- mission, which could indicate that it may have been withdrawn tem- porarily, but that could not be con- firmed before press time. Neither Dyer, Dyer-McCrea spokesman Bob Benson or county planning and zoning officials could be reached Sept. 16 to comment. County offices closed Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Floyd. A press event was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17 to counteract some of the criticism leveled at the project at the planning and zoning commission. In the meantime, several local residents objected to the proposal. Donald Wagner said that low-in- come housing would depreciate the value of his property, although County Administrator Bob Stick- els recently said that it is not low- income housing. William Press begged the com- mission for'assistance. 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