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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Fr/day, September 25 - October 1;1J@ Grotto Pizza takes first step for Rehoboth ttvenue expansion Former Avenue Restaurant to become motel/restaurant/retail The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment granted Dominic Pulieri a variance to expand his Grotto Pizza at 36 Rehoboth Ave., during ahearing held Friday, Sept. 18, with a 3-2 vote. The variance is needed because they wish to expand an already nonconforming restaurant serving alcohol into the two adjacent stores where Sea Wood Restau- rant and the old Eddie SaWs had been located, to the north of Grot- to's. Chairman Fritz Hessemer, Bruce Chilcoat and Mildred Reed voted for the variance, as they be- lieved it will have a positive im- pact on the surrounding area, while Jim Smith and Tom Evans voted against it because they didn't feel a hardship could be proven. Pulieri has two more steps to ac- complish before the project can go forward, as he first must receive permission to demolish the old buildings from the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control to ensure he com- plies with air-quality standards. Then he must be granted a certifi- cate of compliance from the Re- hoboth Beach Board of Commis- sioners to expand a restaurant that serves alcohol before he can go to the Alcohol Beverage and Control Commission for final approval of his plans, according to Building Inspector Susan Frederick. If approved, the restaurant would encompass a total of 16,826-square feet, while the city code limits restaurants serving al- cohol to 5,000-square feet. Grot- to's is currently 11,147-square feet in size, having been built prior to the size limits were enacted. The plans call for the second floor of the current building being used only for meetings and private par- ties rather than as regular dining as it is now, with regular dining moved to the adjoining area into which Grotto's wishes to expand. Jen EIIingsworth photo Two old houses on Wilmington Avenue are being demol- ished by Maeklin of Lincoln to make way for a motel/restau- rant/retadl complex, which owner Ken Simpler will build be- tween Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues, replacing the old Avenue Restaurant as well. Roads Continued from page 12 projects in the western side of the county than on the eastern side, a situation he attributes to the fact that there is an asphalt plant oper- ating on the county's west side. The future of asphalt roads in the eastern part of Sussex may rest on when the Corrado facility is able to open in the county's Indus- trial Airpark, east of Georgetown. That plant had won approval for construction two years ago, but ...................... " I'- was challenged on a lease techni- cality and now must go through the public hearing process again, said county economic develop- ment director Frank Calio. With any luck, Calio says he hopes the plant will make it through the approval process again and be ready for operation by 2000. "Nice wide asphalt repaving projects would really improve the county's secondary roads," Calio said this week. "We absolutely don't need any more new roads in Sussex County. We just need nice ones." II "1 II I " " II FURNITURE REPAIRED, REFINISHED & RESTORED Open Daily (Exc. Sun/Mon) 110 New Road, Lewes 302/645-9097 ! Member, Lewes Chamber of C The additional sPace also includes closing in the area fronting Wilm- ington Avenue where the freezers now stand outside, for a total of 4,849-square feet of additional space. The bar-to-dining ratio would decrease from 18 percent to 15.5 percent. Frederick said she doesn't think the commissioners will hear the request for a certificate until the November meeting at the earliest. A second hearing scheduled was from the Atlantic Sands Ho- tel, which was going to formally appeal a decision Frederick was to have made on its plans to add 63 rooms to its complex between Baltimore and Maryland avenues, where lots are now used as park- ing. Their request for a heating was withdrawn, she said, because, at this point, there is nothing to appeal. Another major project in the wings involves the old Avenue Restaurant complex at 110 Re- hoboth Ave. and adjacent proper- ty on Wilmington Avenue. The landmark restaurant, owned by Ken Simpler of Rehoboth Beach, was, in its heyday, the hub of activity year-round, hosting chamber of commerce luncheons, banquets for civic organizations and serving three meals a day, seven days a week, year round. "Founded by Simpler's late father, Alvin, and his aunt, Grace Coop- er, mother of Mayor Sam Cooper, the restaurant had been in c0ntinu- ous operation for more than 50 years. For the past three years, the restaurant was leased out and de- clined dramatically in popularity, with Simpler now going ahead " Continued on page 15 Come with me, my love, to the sea, to THE' SEA OF LOVE. I want to tell you how much I love you... hether it's the sea of love or love of the sea, the CAPE HENLOPEN COLLEXION TM is the answer. Sculptures of the Lewes Breakwater Lighthouse, the Cape Henlopen, Fenwick Island, Harbor of Refuge - all crafted in 14-karat gold with such infinite detail that it's almost eerie to hold one. Detail that even includes a diamond for the beacon light. The Collexion includes The WWII Watchtower. Hold history right in your hand - because they're only 3/4 inches tall. All are great as pendants, tie tacs, charms. If you want to add sea animals, we have those. 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