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Not all P&Z commissioners back Shady Road project Officials still approve 52 townhouses near Five Points By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.com Over the objection of the mem- ber who represents the area, the SussexCountyPlanningandZon- ing Commission recommended that county council approve a pair of applications that could pave the way for construction of a 52-unit townhhouse project along Shady Road near the Plan- tation Road intersection outside Lewes. MDI Investment Group LLC has filed applications to rezone a 6.8-acre parcel from AR-1, ag- ricultural-residential, to MR, medium-density residential, and a conditional use for 52 multifam- ily units. The project would have a den- sity of 7.58 units per acre. “Before you vote, just think of 400 more trips every day on that road,” said Commissioner Kim Hoey Stevenson, who voted against both applications during the Dec. 14 meeting. In making a motion to recom- mend approval, Commissioner Keller Hopkins said the project was consistent with other hous- ing developments in the area. He said the parcel was surround- ed by multifamily housing and commercial zoning, would have central water and sewer ser- vice, 60 percent open space and was near Route 1 and the Lewes Transit Center. Both applications passed with 4-1 votes. Nearby residents who opposed the applications said the density was not compatible with the sur- rounding area. They also expressed concerns with additional traffic in an area already impacted by congestion. Road improvements along Shady Road would be required, and the entrance to the adjacent Lewes Wellness Center near the Shady Road-Plantation Road in- tersection would be abandoned and combined with the town- house project entrance. If county council approves the applications, the final site will be subject to review and approval by the planning and zoning com- mission. You must be 18 years old to play. Delaware Gambling Helpline: 1-888-850-8888. Star-spangled smiles are coming your way. Simply match five numbers, along with the Star Ball number, and you win. You can also win up to $100,000 with the All-Star Bonus Multiplier! Visit delottery.com for details. JACKPOTS START AT $ 2 MILLION. DRAWINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. ONLY $1 PER PLAY 524 Union Street, Milton mercersydelldental.com • 302-684-1100 Full Service Dentistry • Cleanings • Cosmetic dentistry • Dentures • Implants • Invisalign Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 - MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018 19 Rehoboth Beach Museum to begin second floor expansion Temporary closure expected through early June The Rehoboth Beach Museum has announced that it will embark on a new era in 2018 by begin- ning construction in January of a second-floor expansion of its facilities at 511 Rehoboth Ave. Museum Director Nancy Al- exander said, “With our plans to nearly double the museum’s usable space, we will be able to expand the museum’s permanent collection offerings, create more innovative exhibitions, host more lectures and musical events, have room for a research department, and make our facilities available for public and private events and celebrations.” The museum also announced that to facilitate the second-floor construction, the museum would be closed through the winter and spring months, with a hoped-for grand reopening of the new two- story facility by early June. Alexander explained, “Because the noise, dust, and coming and going of workers and materials delivery during construction could adversely impact the ex- isting first-floor exhibition, and frankly could result in less favor- able experiences by visitors to the museum during this period, the board and I decided it would be more efficient and desirable to just concentrate on the con- struction by temporarily closing our doors during this normal off-season.” The second-floor expan- sion will add more than 2,000 square feet of usable space to enhance museum operations. A 700-square-foot area for exhibit space, and another 700-square- foot multi-purpose room will give the museum considerable flexibility in designing spe- cial shows and events, and in engaging with the Rehoboth community on the city’s historic past. A 300-square-foot library will allow the museum to expand its collection of historical materi- als; a 200-square-foot workroom will be created for use by staff and volunteers, and more than 250 square feet will be added for artifact and document storage. The expansion includes finaliz- ing work on an elevator. Rehoboth Beach Historical Society President Paul Kuhns said, “The museum wants to Continued on page 21