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Developer Withdraws Application for Overbrook Town Center

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LEWES, De. - TD Rehoboth LLC, the developers of the proposed Overbrook Towne Center wrote an email to Planning and Zoning Monday, announcing that they would be temporarily withdrawing their application to build a massive shopping center. 

"The reason for our withdraw is that our project has been engulfed in the upcoming political election," said Development Director Louis Di Bitonto in the email. "We wish for our project to be judged on it's merits and not the political fervor of the day."

The proposed center would be on a 114 acre plot of farmland, located on Coastal Highway in between Cave Neck Road and Red Fox Lane in the Lewes-Milton area. That is equivalent to approximately twice the size of all the Tangier Outlets combined. 

Dozens of residents in the Red Fox Run development have raised concern over the proposed shopping center, saying that it would exacerbate the traffic that they say is already a problem in the area. One of those residents is Betty Reim. 

"I can't imagine what it's going to be like when something like they want to put up across the street is up," she said. "And having all those additional cars." 

The first public hearing on the development was supposed to take place on Thursday, but now the developers are going to wait until after the November elections. 

"It's sad that this whole project will depend on politics again," she said. "We're going to be here. We are still going to fight it regardless of who is in charge."

Others like Lewes native Lee Repass said that the development would have significant benefits. 

"How many jobs is that shopping center going to have," he asked. "50? 500? That's a lot of jobs. That's a lot of extra bucks for the local economy."

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