Possible Rezoning Behind the Tanger Outlets Seaside Center
In a phone call with WRDE, Tanger's attorney Jim Fuqua says, ""the question at this point is if it's appropriate for additional commercial uses."" According to the current land use plan, this area is already designated for future commercial use.
Mary Beth Evans of Rehoboth Beach runs the Junction and Breakwater trail a couple times a week and she sometimes parks behind the Tanger Outlets Seaside Center to access it.
Her view going back to her car could change if the land is developed. Planning and Zoning voted on Thursday to recommend approval of changing the zoning of C/Z #1870 Coroc Rehoboth III, LLC from an AR 1 to a C3.
The applicant's attorney, Jim Fuqua says that this area is already designated by the current land use plan for future commercial use such as a hotel.
"I think a hotel would be okay,"" says Evans. ""As long as we can use the trail, I'd be okay with it,"" she says. The state has contracted a spur trail to connect Junction and Breakwater trail back to the site.
Michael Cockey of Rehoboth Beach uses the trail 5 or 6 times a week. He's more worried about the impact of construction than from the final product.
"It would be difficult to move around the construction. The important thing would be if there is adequate parking here for the people who pull their bikes out to walk or run,"" says Cockey.
Tanger says they evaluate "the best use of land in their portfolio on an ongoing basis" and that they "have nothing to announce at this time."
In a presentation in a Sussex County Planning and Zoning meeting, Fuqua says, ""While there has been no final determination as to what the applicant will be doing with this site, it is the applicant's current thinking that it will be used as a hotel or an entertainment establishment, such as a health club or something of that nature rather than additional retail at this site."
Gerri Boisjoly is a Food Rescue Coordinator at Epworth United Methodist Church which sits across from the outlets on Holland Glade Road. She travels along that road several times a day and she's worried that more establishments could create more traffic and chaos.
"I think it would be absolutely abominable for the community because right now we're struggling with our highways that are jam-packed with cars every single week, especially in the summertime and we don't have the infrastructure to support the people that are already coming to this area."
The next step in this process is for Sussex County Council to have a public hearing. That is scheduled for their February 19th meeting at the county government office in Georgetown.