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Sussex County Neighbors Voice Concern Over Proposed Arbor-Lyn Development

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Numerous neighbors spoke in opposition to the project (Source: WBOC) Numerous neighbors spoke in opposition to the project (Source: WBOC)
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REHOBOTH, Del. - At a public hearing on Tuesday afternoon, neighbors in the Rehoboth Beach area voiced their concerns with traffic and density, in regards to a proposed housing development off of Warrington Road. Arbor-Lyn, which has been the target of neighbor opposition for close to a year, would include 202 housing units, including 60 single-family homes, 82 town homes, and 60 condominiums. 

The proposed site is located off of Warrington Road, in between Route 24 and Old Landing Road, near Rehoboth Beach. 

"It's not consistent," said Rich Mihelcic, from the Sea Chase Development. "Apartments aren't consistent. Within a half-a-mile form here, there are no apartments like that." 

The development was initially discussed in August of 2015 with a density of HR-1 (High Density Residential Planned Community), but was then pulled amid neighbor concerns. In March, the application was re-submitted by the developer Lockwood Design and Construction with the zoning of MR (Medium Density Residential District).

Both applications maintained the same number of units. Many neighbors were concerned particularly by the use of four three-story condominium buildings, which would include 15 units. 

"No one has three-story apartment buildings here," said Mihelcic. "No one. And the developers are proposing four of them. And proposing six-unit townhomes, six to eight town homes." 

The development would be surrounded by three residential communities, along with a Beebe facility, located on Route 24. Developers said that this was a reason to accept the project as a "infill" project. 

"We believe the project really fits the character of the area..." said Project Engineer Roger Gross. "The density is compatible with other neighborhoods." 

Neighbor Shirley Dalrymple, who lives in Sea Chase, spoke at the hearing as well, and said the traffic will only get worst. 

"With another development," she said. "It's only going to impact more. There's going to be a heck of a lot more traffic especially in the early spring, late-spring, summer - all summer, and early fall." 

Another concern has been with the 20-foot buffer, which many neighbors said is not large enough. 

The Sussex County Council voted to defer on the project, so that Councilman George Cole, who was not in attendance, could listen to the hearing. 

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