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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 Milton Civic (;qmter to make way for Sussex library expansion By Michael Short Sussex County Council ap- proved the purchase of the Milton Civic Center on Union Street on Tuesday, Oct. 14. For $25,000, County Council will get a prime location which will be used to expand the Milton Library, long considered an an- chor of downtown Milton. Milton will get rid of a headache because the Civic Center has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer be used for functions like meet- ings of the town council. The building is now used only for storage. It is a win-win situa- tion that benefits everyone, ac- cording to Milton Mayor Jack Bushey. County Councilman Lynn Rogers spoke in support of Tues- day's unanimous county decision. "The library is the anchor down- town," he said. The Milton Town Council had sent the county a letter with five conditions for the purchase. They are as follows: the town council and other nonprofit groups continue to have free use of the library meeting rooms subject to availability. * the property will be used to ex- pand the county library. a 15-foot-wide-right-of-way from Union Street to the town park area be preserved for the town's governors walk. The walk will provide park access from Union Street. Should the county propose to sell the property, Milton will have righ- of-first-refusal on the prop- erty at the price of $25,000 plus actual costs of any improvements made by the county. town council will have input on the architectural design of the building. The only condition which caused some concern was the placement of the path. That's only because Sussex County Administrator Bob Stick- els said it would work better to lo- cate the path on the north side of the building, rather than leaving a 15-foot space between the struc- tures. But that's considered a minor issue that won't be a stumbling block, "There's nowhere else for us to go," said Stickels, saying that Sus- sex County may lose its opportu- nity to expand the county library if it doesn't jump on this opportu- nity. Sussex Planners recommend denial for Sl00:ssex East expansion By Michael Short A major expansion for Sussex East was recommended for denial by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 9. The major expansion would add 224 lots, a community center and a proposed small convenience store to the existing manufactured home park located on Route 9 just west of Belltown and Lewes. The Planning and Zoning Com- mission's recommendation damp- ens the prospects for the project. But it is by no means the last word. That last word belongs to Sus- sex County Council, which con- siders the planning and zoning recommendation. County Coun- cil, however, makes its own deci- sions and sometimes overturns the planning group's recommenda- tions. No date had been set as of press time for County Council to hear the application. The project has been controver- sial from the first, generating huge amounts of both support and op- position. Critics have argued that its loca- tion near Five Points will cause traffic problems and have said that it will increase density. Planning and Zoning Chair John Allen said that the planners recommended denial because of traffic and safety concerns. He said one of his concerns was the loss of "56 acres of prime farm- land." Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has not opposed the project, however. Residents, many of them residents of either Sussex East or Colonial East, have supported the expan- sion because it fills a need for af- fordable housing. A survey of local manufactured home parks found only a relative handful of available lots, fueling their argument that the project is necessary. "The people in our communities feel the council should give it real due consideration," said Steve Class, one of the owners of Colo- nial East Ltd., which owns the park. The letter from DelDOT said "the level of service [LOS] infor- mation provided by the Traffic Impact Statement [TIS] shows that this project would not create congestion problems... Arguably, the worsening conditions at the in- tersection of Route 1 and Road 265 are sufficient reason for the county to deny this project. "However, there is no evidence that this project would contribute to the problem there. Therefore, subject to appropri- ate conditions such as the ones in this letter, we feel the county should grant the subject condi- tional use approval." "It will be a benefit to the coun- ty and certainly not a detriment," Class said. But a number of area residents have been concerned about the size of the project. Some of them have shared hor- ror stories at a public hearing of rear-end collisions or near misses in which side-view mirrors were sheared off cars. Subscribe to the Cape Gazette Bank-issued, FDIC-insured to $100,000 3-year 6.00% APY, Mmimm deposit ea0000 *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) - Interest cannot remain on deposit, periodic payout of interest is required. Effective 10/16/97 Call or stop by today for more information. Member SIP(; Anthony Egeln New Devon Inn 142 Second St., Lewes 645-7710 www.edwardjones.com EdwardJones 1-800-680-0981 Serving Individual Investors Since 1871 The Milton Civic Center will soon make way for an expan- sion of the Milton Library. i i [ Furniture Restorers, Inc. [ Finish Removal - Safely remove the existing finish using a modified hand-stripping method and prepare for stain application. 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