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164 Home Development Proposed in Ocean View


OCEAN VIEW, Del. - Yet another development could be on the way if a public hearing goes the right way in Sussex County. A company by the name of Convergence Communities, is looking to convert approximately 50 acres into 120 single-family homes and 44 townhouses.

The land, previously owned by the Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Delaware, would be converted from AR-1 to MR-RPC land, something that requires a public hearing process, and a vote from County Council. On Thursday evening, The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to hear the facts of this application, along with eight other agenda items.

The plot of land is surrounded by the Ocean Way Estates to the north and west, which has been approved and built for years. To the south, the Ocean View Beach Club, which was approved by the Ocean View Town Council, is currently under construction. To the east of the land is the Assawoman Canal.

Modris Berzins, the developer of the Ocean Way Estates, lives literally next store to the proposed site. He said he had a clear message for the commissioners.

"Let them come on," he said. "Let them come on. Come over here and have a beer with me."

Berzins said the lot is one of the closest undeveloped lots to the beach in the entire Ocean View area. He said it's only fair to approve them, since adjacent lots were given similar treatment.

"This is undeveloped land," he said. "This is not farmland anymore."

Neighbor Jordan O'Boyle said he was not going to fight the development, but he said he would much prefer the land stayed as farmland.

"Keep the country country," he said. "You know - there's a quality of life. There's a beauty that you can get from the pristine nature that was this area. But slowly but surely - these awkward, mechanical house structures are taking over the beach and coastal and inland bay areas."

Attorneys for the developer did not respond to requests for a statement from WBOC.

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