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Lewes Residents Voice Concerns Over Proposed Shopping Center


Local residents packed themselves into the chambers of city hall in Lewes to criticize a proposed shopping center as the projects is set to go before the county Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on July 14th.

The city council and local board of public works heard residents argue that the latest plan for the Gills Neck Village Center would result in potential pollution of the local water wells and create traffic congestion.

The developer JG Townsend Jr. and Company wants to build a 75-thousand square foot shopping center on 12 acres of land.

Nine years ago when the project was first proposed it was nearly 400-thousand square feet.

The developer calls the new plan a good compromise for some 2-thousand homes.

Mayor Ted Becker said there were still concerns about the impact on the area.

Becker said he expects that the city council will attend the planning commission meeting later this month.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.