After years of planning, the Henlopen Condominium in Rehoboth Beach is undergoing a major facelift.
Bob Teeter, Henlopen Condo Association board president, said it’s a two-phase project that will be completed over the next two years. He said the first phase of the project began Sept. 15 and will run through mid-May; the second phase will be the same time frame, following summer 2021.
“Hopefully, it will be done sooner, but that’s what we’re planning,” said Teeter in an interview Oct. 19. “It’s a multimillion-dollar project that’s been talked about, thought about and planned for over the past three years.”
The 8-story, 146-condo building is one of the largest structures in Rehoboth, and its end-of-the-Boardwalk home is one of the city’s prime locations. For those reasons, the scaffolding and black netting surrounding the building, from street to roof, are immediately noticeable from the north on Surf Avenue or the west on Lake Avenue.
Teeter said scaffolding is still going up around the building. When it’s all done, there will be scaffolding on the north-, west- and south-facing walls, he said, adding that next year, the scaffolding will be facing the exterior wall of the courtyard on the east side of the building.
Teeter said work being done includes replacing all the exterior railings, scraping and painting the entire exterior, repairing exterior decks as needed, updating lighting, and installing a new roof. There’s more being done, but that’s a majority of it, he said.
Teeter said the condos were built in the early 1970s and the last major renovation to them was done roughly 15 years ago. The work has nothing to do with the Henlopen Hotel, he said.
The movements of the owners are a little restricted, said Teeter, but it’s an investment in their investment, and most people understand what’s going on.