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Highland Heights Vote Expected Tonight in Lewes

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Plot of land is referred to as the 4th Street Forest by those that live in the area. (SOURCE: WBOC) Plot of land is referred to as the 4th Street Forest by those that live in the area. (SOURCE: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - Large crowds are anticipated at Tuesday night's Lewes City Council meeting, as a decision is expected to be made on the controversial Highland Heights housing development. Developers have proposed building 34 single-family homes on the 18-acres of wooded area, referred to as "The 4th Street Forest."

A group of neighbors from the area have been vocal in opposition to the plan for years, forming a group called Save a Lewes Legacy. Carolyn Jones has been one of the leaders of the group. 

“There’s such a peace and serenity to this place," she said. "That can you imagine it being taken down and houses being put here. It’s beyond words for me.” 

The council decision follows a January vote by the Lewes Planning Commission to recommend denial of the project, due to concerns with "connectivity" and the loss of trees. That decision came down to a vote of 6-3.

Nick Hammond from Jack Lingo Asset Management said that the plan has already received approval from all the necessary state agencies. He also said that in his mind, the plan meet the conditions set forward by the Planning Commission. 

"Our application is exactly what the zoning calls for," he said. 

Thomas Bell, another member of SALL, said that he was concerned with the scope of the plan. 

“I’m not anti-development," he said. "I just think that when you’re down to the last piece of virgin forest, it’s something you should fight for.”

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewes City Hall. The discussion on this application is the only topic on the agenda

Meanwhile, SALL is also preparing to bid for the property as well. Jones said that the group is interested in fundraising, and purchasing the property in order to build a memorial to Beau Biden, the former Delaware Attorney General, who passed away in May of brain cancer. Jones said that the group has not officially started receiving money, but said they have received thousands of dollars in pledges.

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