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Board Approves Final Plans for Spring Breeze Community

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HARBESON, Del.- Indian River Hundred residents living near Burton Pond will soon have to welcome a few hundred new neighbors into their community, as a new housing development is set start construction soon.

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission met Dec. 18 to finalize development plans for Spring Breeze, a 176-unit housing community spread out over almost 140 acres in an area between Harbeson and Long Neck.

Some residents in the community are not excited.

"We're going to turn into Wilmington within the next ten years," said Michael Stanfield, who lives down the road from the future complex.

Stanfield is worried that more people will mean more traffic, which could potentially lead to more accidents and crime in the area.

"This area wasn't good enough for a three-day country concert," said Stanfield, referring to the county's rejection of a country music festival being hosted in Sussex.

"Imagine what it's going to be like as a year-long residence. (It's) more problems than what the county sees," said Stanfield.

Fifteen years ago Anthony Buemi and his family moved to the area for the quiet lifestyle and spacious land where he could park the school bus he used to drive.

But Buemi said things are very different today.

"When we first moved here it was really quiet," said Buemi. "Nobody even knew this road existed. Now there's a lot more traffic," the homeowner said.

But despite the apprehension some residents feel toward losing their quiet small town charm, the homes tucked away in the surrounding wooded areas may help drown out some noise from the main road once the development is complete.

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