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Coalition Opposes Proposed Milton Shopping Center

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MILTON, Del. - A group of Sussex County residents have formed a coalition against the proposed Overbrook Town Center.The shopping center would be 114 acres on empty farmland across from the intersection of Route 1 and Cave Neck Road. The opposed residents formed a group called the Overbrook Town Center Coalition, their website is know-otc.org.

Hundreds of residents have sent letters to the county against the shopping center for reasons including traffic, environmental concerns and more.

Rita Karczewki lives just up Cave Neck Road from the proposed site, and said she has been worried since its initial proposal. She, like most in the coalition, is concerned mostly about traffic and congestion.

"There aren't any exits other than Route 1 planned for this," she said. "So traffic is all going to be dumped immediately onto there."

Besides traffic issues, some people say that adding the shopping center would just be unnecessary growth given that just over five miles south on Route 1 are the Tanger Outlets, another massive shopping center.

"I don't think people realize what they would be losing if this trend continues to just commercialize everything," Karczewki said.

But according to developers, traffic issues have been studied, and benefits analyzed. Shoppers, like Carlos Rosario of Smyrna, acknowledged those benefits.

"More employment for kids," he emphasized. "Especially kids that come down in the summer time they have all these events and then you have the beaches and the stores, so it's definitely going to be a benefit."

No public hearings are scheduled yet with Sussex County.



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