City of Lewes settles on Thompson property

City officials, Blake Thompson gather Dec. 27 to sign papers
Shown at the signing celebration are (l-r) Jack Lesher, Lewes Board of Public Works; Fred Beaufait, Lewes Council; Ed Goyda, director of Lewes Public Library; Mark Chura, consultant for Greater Lewes Foundation; Beckie Healey, president, Lewes Public Library commissioners; Deputy Mayor Ted Becker; Candace Vessella, Lewes Board of Public Works; Mayor Jim Ford; Blake Thompson; Wendell Alfred, president, Lewes Board of Public Works; Bonnie Osler, Lewes Council; Pres Lee, Lewes Board of Public Works; Joe Stewart, chairman, Greater Lewes Foundation; Glenn Mandalas, legal counselor for City of Lewes; and Victor Letonoff, Lewes Council. BY DENNIS FORNEY
January 8, 2013

The City of Lewes settled Dec. 27 on the 5.9-acre Thompson property which it contracted to purchase from the Thompson family for $2.5 million. The property lies between Stango Park and Freeman Highway and is bounded on the north by Monroe Avenue.

Future plans for the property include a new Lewes Public Library and a trailhead with parking for several trails that will intersect on the property. City officials and others gathered with Blake Thompson at City Hall for the signing of papers and a champagne celebration.

Negotiations for purchase of the property have been ongoing for three years.