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Warrington Road Proposal Returns in Rehoboth Area

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - A controversial proposal for a 202-unit housing development on Warrington Road in Rehoboth Beach is back in Sussex County. Months after plans for the Arbor-Lyn development were withdrawn by the developer, the proposal is back with some changes, and will be discussed at a public hearing Thursday night.

The hearing, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday night, is expected to draw large crowds of neighbors who are in opposition. The proposed development would be called Arbor-Lyn, and would be located on Warrington Road, just south of Route 24. 

The new proposal calls for 60 single-family homes, 82 town homes, and 60 condominium units, just as the previous one did. The major difference is that developers are seeking the zoning designation of MR (Medium Density Residential District), rather than HR-1 (High Density Residential Planned Community). 

Rich Mihelcic, who lives in the nearby Sea Chase Development spoke vehemently against the previous proposal in September. He said his top concern is with the major traffic that will be created by that many new residents. 

"You're talking about hundreds of automobiles," he said. "Not just in the morning, but during the day as well." 

Opposition to the project has come from various housing developments including Sea Chase, Sea Chase Estates, and Sterling Crossing. Mihelcic said that neighbors are also concerned with a "minimal" buffer, of just 20 feet between developments. 

"When we moved here," he said. "We never envisioned that we'd be facing this type of situation." 

But attorneys for the developers told WBOC that the location was ideal for this development, because it is an "Infill" situation. Surrounding the proposed site to the east, south, and west, there are housing developments of similar densities, and to the north is a Beebe medical facility. 

"It's the last piece of land that's not developed on this property," said attorney Gene Bayard in an August interview. 

President of the Sea Chase Homeowner's Association Robert Baur said neighbors in the area plan to continue to oppose the project, until road improvements are made.

"It's going to add tremendous capacity to traffic," he said. "And quite honestly with only one access point out of that particular development, it's all going to go onto Warrington Road." 

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