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OTC Coalition Urges County to Reopen Record

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An empty lot awaits it's fate (Photo: WBOC) An empty lot awaits it's fate (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - After a new state spending draft changes priorities of the proposed Overbrook Town Center site, the coalition against the shopping center is urging the Sussex County Council to take a second look at the application.

Rich Holtkamp is a member of the Overbrook Town Center Coalition and said it's important to have all the facts. The group is asking the council to reopen closed public records. 

"This is not a 50-home subdivision," Holtkamp explained. "This is a major change in the character of this area and it's going to impact this area forever."

He said this because the Delaware Office of State Planning recently proposed a draft of it's five-year spending plan which would turn the lot at the corner of Route One and Cave Neck Road into a level four investment from a level three. That means it will favor agriculture instead of growth.

The public record was sealed in September after a hearing and is still pending a vote from the council.

"It is a kind of a last ditch effort," Holtkamp added. "It's a very important effort, probably the most significant thing that's happened since the application was filed last December."

According to county officials, reopening a closed record is not something that is customarily done and doing so would raise serious legal questions and also be precedent setting.

More specifically, they add there is no current discussion about opening the record, but they can if they determine it necessary. Something lawyers for the developers said they don't think will happen.

"The decision should be based on the law that was in effect in the time of the application," James Fuqua, Esq. said. "Not something that happens in the future."

The spending plan still needs to be signed by the Governor which could take several months.

No vote is on the agenda for the Sussex County Council yet.

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