Sussex County joins effort to protect Jones Farm near Lewes
LEWES, Del. – On Monday, Sussex County announced that they’ve partnered with the city of Lewes and the Lewes Board of Public Works to preserve one of the county’s most pristine properties. All three government agencies have come together to acquire the historic Jones Farm for a total of $5.5 million. While details of what the land will be used for are still being worked out, county officials say the board of public works is hoping to build a water tower somewhere on the property. Officials say this preservation will, “Protect a meaningful portion of the groundwater recharge area that supplies high-quality water to residents in Lewes and in the surrounding area.”
“It’s a historic deal in my opinion. If you can get the partnerships, you can really raise the money needed to take big development areas into preservation,” said Vice President for Sussex County’s county council, councilman Irwin ‘IG’ Burton III.
So far, the County, Board of Public Works, the City of Lewes, and the property owner have signed a letter of intent, with a sales agreement expected to be drafted in the next few weeks. Settlement on the property is expected to close this fall.