Residents protest proposed 7-Eleven

Sussex County Council yet to vote on controversial conditional-use application
October 22, 2019

Residents opposed to a 7-Eleven on a 3.5-acre parcel at the intersection of Route 24 and Angola Road took their message to the streets of Georgetown during the Oct. 22 Sussex County Council meeting.

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the conditional-use application filed by KH Sussex LLC. County council held a public hearing Sept. 17 but has yet to vote on the application. Council is awaiting comments from Delaware Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials. Once the comments are received and made part of the record, the public will have five days to respond to the comments in writing. The comments are expected to be received in early November.

The 3,500-square-foot, 24-hour 7-Eleven store would have gas pumps and 34 parking spaces. A conditional use is required because the project is proposed on a parcel zoned AR-1, agricultural-residential, where commercial enterprises are not permitted.
Residents say the proposed project poses a risk to their drinking-water wells and, even with an upcoming intersection improvement project, would add to traffic congestion in the area of the Route 24-Angola Road intersection.

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