Fenwick Island BoA votes no on proposed Lenape project

After a five-hour public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Fenwick Island Board of Adjustments denied five proposed variances requested by Lenape Tribe LLC that would have allowed mixed commercial and residential development, including a projected Starbuck’s with drive-through capabilities, at the corner of Dagsboro Street and Coastal Highway – the site of the former Libby’s family restaurant.

The requested variances from the town code ranged from building height restrictions and developmental setbacks to the number of residences above a commercial establishment, and allowed workforce dwellings in a developed establishment. A variance to allow the drive-through was unanimously denied by the board, following much citizen feedback that touched on issues including public safety, traffic congestion and the town’s comprehensive plan.

Pick up the Feb. 22 print edition of the Coastal Point or view our online edition on or after Feb. 21 for complete coverage of the public hearing and the board’s decisions.