Shopping center removed from council agenda

Overbrook developer could resubmit after traffic study review
June 12, 2014

Developers have withdrawn a rezoning application for a proposed regional shopping center from the Thursday, June 26 Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission agenda.

Lawrence Lank, the county's director of planning and zoning, said developers of the proposed Overbrook Towne Center would resubmit the application after state transportation officials have reviewed a recently completed traffic impact study. The review process is expected to take about another month.

The process to get an application back on the planning and zoning commission and county council agendas takes about three months, said Shane Abbott, assistant director of county planning and zoning.

Overbrook Towne Center includes nearly 800,000 square feet of retail space, six pad sites of nearly 60,000 square feet and more than 5,000 parking spaces. If approved, the developer would be required to fund most if not all of the construction of a multimillion Route 1 overpass at the entrance opposite Cave Neck Road.

Developer TD Rehoboth LLC has applied to the county for a change in zoning from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to CR-1, commercial-residential, for a 114-acre parcel on farmland across from the Cave Neck Road-Route 1 intersection.

The developer – based in Timonium, Md. – says at build out, the center would provide as many as 1,400 full- and part-time jobs. The center would be the largest retail complex in Sussex County, nearly 293,000 more square feet than all of the Tanger outlets combined.