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Proposed Shopping Center on Coastal Highway


LEWES, Del. - In Sussex County, a debate is on the horizon, relating to a proposal to build a major shopping center in a plot of farmland. The location for this proposed center is in the Lewes-Milton area, just north of the Nassau Bridge. 

The 114 acre plot of land, is located on Coastal Highway Northbound in between Cave Neck Road and Red Fox Lane. If  you combine all of the Tangier Outlets together, it would only make up about half of this proposed site. 

The developer, TD Rehoboth LLC, will have its first public hearing in front of Planning and Zoning on Oct. 9, and many neighbors told WBOC that they would be there to voice some concerns. 

One of those is Terry August, who lives in the Red Fox Run Development. Many in that development are objecting to the shopping center, because they fear traffic will become already worse than it already is on Coastal Highway.

"It takes us forever just to get out of our subdivision during high season," he said. "It's not going to get better. It's definitely going to get worse." 

This is a sentiment shared by another neighbor in the development George Barti. 

"The fear is that we may have to move out of here sooner than I thought," he said. "Because the traffic is going to be unbearable." 

But for some like Terry Conroy, the prospect of new businesses and new jobs is exciting. She said the center could have major economic benefits for the county. 

"That goes back to this whole 'not in my backyard' mentality that a lot of people have," she said. "They only see it through their own prism. They don't see it through the prism of the whole area."

Abbey Feierstein of Lewes said she is on board with the center. She said development should be on the highway, rather than in the downtown areas.

"I think in this area the development in terms of commercial development should be limited to the area that already has commercials development," she said. "That means Route One." 

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