Sussex County Council Defers Vote on 7-Eleven Conditional Use Application
SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Plans to build a 7-Eleven on Route 24 and Angola Road likely won't be voted on for another two months.
After a nearly three hour public hearing, the Sussex County Council deferred a vote on the KH Sussex LLC's conditional use application. The application would allow for a convenience store on Route 24 and Angola Road.
In a previous presentation to the Planning & Zoning Commission, applicant Kirk Salvo stated "that he believes this would serve the area and the market is right for the area." But many neighbors expressed concern--worrying the 7-Eleven would cause more traffic and questioning if its necessary with other gas stations a few miles away.
"Traffic is a problem, emergency access is a problem, but drinking gasoline, that's a problem," says neighbor Dennis Quenneville, referring to the parcel's proximity to wetlands and a Tidewater wellhead. "The gas station is located 100 feet from the wellhead for Tidewater and it's downhill so basically all the runoff from that gas station is going right into the tidewater well."
However during the public hearing, James Berninger representing 7-Eleven, stated the company has numerous safeguards in place to ensure the gas pumps don't contaminate the ground.