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Sussex County Council Denies Application for 60,000 Square Foot Gym in Lewes

Posted: 08/09/2017 15:48:00 -04:00 Updated:

LEWES, Del. - The Sussex County Council voted 4-1 Tuesday against Midway Fitness' application to create a 60,000-square-foot gym on Savannah Road in Lewes.  

District Three Councilman I.G. Burton cited the facility's scale and presence in a AR-1 zoning area as reasons to be against the application. Neighbors such as chiropractor Dr. Mike Elrod were ecstatic.

"The Sussex County Council did the right thing in this situation," Elrod says. "They saw what all my neighbors saw and the residents here saw: that this building, although it's a fine business, should be built in a business district."

Elrod and others previously said the gym would create traffic and noise due to its extended hours. 

Councilman Sam Wilson was the sole "yes" vote, citing Planning & Zoning's recommendation as his reasoning. Ahead of the vote, county attorney J. Everett Moore said that Midway Fitness submitted a third plan for the gym late in the process, and opined that it should not be considered for review. But attorney Glenn Mandalas, who represents Midway Fitness, says that's not the case.

"Those revised plans were responding to concerns the neighbors had," Mandalas explains. "We tried to address those concerns. They were submitted to County Council within the time period allowed for submissions, and County Council should have reviewed those plans and considered them."

Mandalas says he'll speak with his clients about options moving forward, including filing a state appeal.

"This is a great project," he says. "It's all designed to help out Parkinson's patients and different sorts of mobility problems so this is not just a gym. It's got some really great features to it and hopefully we can get it done."


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