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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Milton residents oppose Front Street rezoning request ferred a decision on a request for a major subdivision on a parcel lo- cated along the north side of Ship- bulders Boulevard, the entrance to Shipbuilders development. As dis- cussed at the November Town Council meeting, the owners of the development would like to create seven lots on the land where a community clubhouse and swimming pool are located. Representing the owners, attor- ney Vince Robertson pointed out that, since his client purchased Shipbuilders, no resident has re- quested information about or use of the clubhouse or swimming pool. He said current deeds con- tain no language referring to the amenities or provisions for a homeowners association that would collect fees and maintain the club house or pool. There was discussion among commissioners and those present .at the meeting regarding potential use of the land other than as hous- ing lots. Some commented that there is a need for recreational fa- cilities in Milton, especially in the neighborhood of Shipbuilders and adjacent residential areas. Linda Rogers, chairman of Mil- ton Planning and Zoning Com- mission, said, originally, those who bought in Shipbuilders were assessed fees for a homeowners association and that the recre- ational facilities and the club house were used. "I am concerned that there's hardly any place to go that there's not houses," she said. Robertson reminded commis- sioners and members of the public that no one participating in the discussion lives in Shipbuilders and no one from the development was present. The decision was made to defer a decision. Com- missioners want to seek legal By Rosanne Pack A proposal for a high-density building project on a Milton prop- erty drew i room full of opposi- tion at a town planning and zoning hearing this week. The property, bounded by Chestnut, Front and Walnut streets, is owned by Water Ridge LLC, which has plans to build a complex with professional of- fices, retail space, and 38 condo- miniums. Architect Bruce Moneta of Meridian Architects and Engi- neers presented information sup- porting a request to change the zoning of the property from R-l, single family residential, to Town Center, which allows for mixed. use. At ground level, the proposed building would house commercial spaces and a parking garage, with one space for each of the residen- tial units. Moneta preSented draw- ings that show a central, atrium- like space that would be open at either end, serving as the entrance to residential units and allowing public access to a garden area. But after his presentation, al- most a dozen people, most neigh- bors of the property, opposed the rezoning request. The commissioners tabled the rezoning request until a future meeting and reminded those in at- tendance that rezoning would not mean approval of the site plan. Still, resident after resident rose to speak, raising issues of traffic, parking, noise and even the poten- tial for affecting household water pressure. Betty McGee said, "I've lived [on Chestnut Street] for 48 years; it's not a bad street or noisy. I en- joy sitting onmy porch." She is concerned that all that will change if the rezoning is approved and the complex is built. The property is across the street from Milton Fire Hall. Opponents said traffic coming in and out of the complex could delay fire trucks and other emergency re- sponders. Some opponents also said most families have more than one vehicle and there would be no provision for the extra cars of the condominium owners. Libby Zando said that instead of rezoning the property as Town Center, she would rather see the parcel rezonedR-2, a single fami- ly residential use that allows smaller lot square footage and closer placement of houses. "There could be attractive town homes," she said. "We need to bring people before shops. We have empty shops ih town now; we need to bring more people to visit the shops we have. I am op- posed to the rezoning." Others opponents said that they moved to the area because of the quiet residential neighborhood. The proposed commercial activi- ties and increased residential den- sity would alter the nature of the neighborhood, they said. Commissioner Michael Filicko said Water Ridge produced a cre- ative concept, but he said the pro- posal calls for too many new units for the area. It was also determined that a re- zoning would change the bound- aries of the recently approved Town Center overlay district, which would require amending the comprehensive land use plan adopted earlier this year. The town plat and boundaries record- ed in the comprehensive plan must agree No decision was made on when the request would come before the commission again. Commission members also de- Leisure Sale Spectacular! Imagine how easy it is to create your very own game room with our beautiful selection of handcrafted furniture and economically priced.recreational tables in addition to our line of game tables; induding air hockey and foosball. "Rack'em Up" and let the fubegin! Escape to your own personal retreat where you -.an massage away the aches, pains and stress associated with your everyday life. With just a simple press of a button on your new Vita Spa all your worries begin to disappear. With over 20 models to choose from, a better you is only a short drive away! 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She said 30 or 40 residents came with questions, but there was general approval of the proposal that will establish some regulations and guidelines for structures located in the Historic District. Planning and Zoning Commis- sioner Dennis Hughes is also a Continued on page 21 Thanksgiving.Holidays "Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks tor every- thing that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation." - Brian Tracy At Edward Jones, we're grateful for your busness and look forward to continuing to work with you to create and implement investment plans designed to help you achieve your long-term financial goals. Paul Pasqualini CLU, ChFC 17021 Old Orchard Rd., Suite 4 Lewes, DE 645-7710 R Warren C. Hardy #7 Lighthouse Plaza, Rt. 1 Rehoboth Beach 227-2771 D Christopher D. Ryle 17021 Old www.edwardjones.eom Orchard Rd., Suite 4 ,e,, s,Pc . 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He said current deeds con- tain no language referring to the amenities or provisions for a homeowners association that would collect fees and maintain the club house or pool. There was discussion among commissioners and those present .at the meeting regarding potential use of the land other than as hous- ing lots. Some commented that there is a need for recreational fa- cilities in Milton, especially in the neighborhood of Shipbuilders and adjacent residential areas. Linda Rogers, chairman of Mil- ton Planning and Zoning Com- mission, said, originally, those who bought in Shipbuilders were assessed fees for a homeowners association and that the recre- ational facilities and the club house were used. "I am concerned that there's hardly any place to go that there's not houses," she said. Robertson reminded commis- sioners and members of the public that no one participating in the discussion lives in Shipbuilders and no one from the development was present. The decision was made to defer a decision. Com- missioners want to seek legal By Rosanne Pack A proposal for a high-density building project on a Milton prop- erty drew i room full of opposi- tion at a town planning and zoning hearing this week. The property, bounded by Chestnut, Front and Walnut streets, is owned by Water Ridge LLC, which has plans to build a complex with professional of- fices, retail space, and 38 condo- miniums. Architect Bruce Moneta of Meridian Architects and Engi- neers presented information sup- porting a request to change the zoning of the property from R-l, single family residential, to Town Center, which allows for mixed. use. At ground level, the proposed building would house commercial spaces and a parking garage, with one space for each of the residen- tial units. Moneta preSented draw- ings that show a central, atrium- like space that would be open at either end, serving as the entrance to residential units and allowing public access to a garden area. But after his presentation, al- most a dozen people, most neigh- bors of the property, opposed the rezoning request. The commissioners tabled the rezoning request until a future meeting and reminded those in at- tendance that rezoning would not mean approval of the site plan. Still, resident after resident rose to speak, raising issues of traffic, parking, noise and even the poten- tial for affecting household water pressure. Betty McGee said, "I've lived [on Chestnut Street] for 48 years; it's not a bad street or noisy. I en- joy sitting onmy porch." She is concerned that all that will change if the rezoning is approved and the complex is built. The property is across the street from Milton Fire Hall. Opponents said traffic coming in and out of the complex could delay fire trucks and other emergency re- sponders. Some opponents also said most families have more than one vehicle and there would be no provision for the extra cars of the condominium owners. Libby Zando said that instead of rezoning the property as Town Center, she would rather see the parcel rezonedR-2, a single fami- ly residential use that allows smaller lot square footage and closer placement of houses. "There could be attractive town homes," she said. "We need to bring people before shops. We have empty shops ih town now; we need to bring more people to visit the shops we have. I am op- posed to the rezoning." Others opponents said that they moved to the area because of the quiet residential neighborhood. The proposed commercial activi- ties and increased residential den- sity would alter the nature of the neighborhood, they said. Commissioner Michael Filicko said Water Ridge produced a cre- ative concept, but he said the pro- posal calls for too many new units for the area. It was also determined that a re- zoning would change the bound- aries of the recently approved Town Center overlay district, which would require amending the comprehensive land use plan adopted earlier this year. The town plat and boundaries record- ed in the comprehensive plan must agree No decision was made on when the request would come before the commission again. Commission members also de- Leisure Sale Spectacular! Imagine how easy it is to create your very own game room with our beautiful selection of handcrafted furniture and economically priced.recreational tables in addition to our line of game tables; induding air hockey and foosball. "Rack'em Up" and let the fubegin! Escape to your own personal retreat where you -.an massage away the aches, pains and stress associated with your everyday life. With just a simple press of a button on your new Vita Spa all your worries begin to disappear. With over 20 models to choose from, a better you is only a short drive away! Leisure Plus SPAS BILLIARD TABLES POOLS Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat 9-4 Sun 11-3 (Closed Wednesday) . Conveniently Located at Route 1 & Route 24 next to the Wawa, in Rehoboth Beach (302) 644-4732 council to determine if there is a question of ownership of the recreational area since the original home purchases did have an own- ership stake in the club house and pool. When it came time for a public heating for the proposed Historic Preservation Overlay District and related amendment to the Board of Adjustment, those attending the meeting had dwindled to a hand- ful. There were no representatives of the Historic Preservation Com- mittee that drafted the amend- ments. However, Joan Martin Brown said that an earlier hearing held by that committee was very well at- tended and there were no points of conflict raised by the public. She said 30 or 40 residents came with questions, but there was general approval of the proposal that will establish some regulations and guidelines for structures located in the Historic District. Planning and Zoning Commis- sioner Dennis Hughes is also a Continued on page 21 Thanksgiving.Holidays "Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks tor every- thing that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation." - Brian Tracy At Edward Jones, we're grateful for your busness and look forward to continuing to work with you to create and implement investment plans designed to help you achieve your long-term financial goals. Paul Pasqualini CLU, ChFC 17021 Old Orchard Rd., Suite 4 Lewes, DE 645-7710 R Warren C. Hardy #7 Lighthouse Plaza, Rt. 1 Rehoboth Beach 227-2771 D Christopher D. Ryle 17021 Old www.edwardjones.eom Orchard Rd., Suite 4 ,e,, s,Pc . 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