Ches. City future at heart of rezoning case
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— As a standing-room-only crowd turned out to town hall Monday night to watch the public hearing on the Chesapeake Inn restaurant’s request to rezone land that its valet parking lot sits on, it quickly became apparent that the issue is symbolic of differing visions of the town’s future.
Mt. Nebo Road residents, who neighbor the parcel in question; longtime town residents and former town officials argued that Chesapeake City is a small town where residents can mill about easily and peacefully, and that commercial development should be pushed out to the Route 213 corridor. Meanwhile, the Chesapeake Inn’s owner Gianmarco Martuscelli argued that the town’s rising profile as a destination for tourists means that it needs to begin investing in amenities for visitors in its downtown, where they would stay, eat and shop.
Martuscelli is seeking to rezone the 15.45-acre parcel off Second Street near Mt. Nebo Road, known as Chesapeake Village Lot 2, from traditional neighborhood development to village commercial, which would allow him additional commercial development options, some of which raised concern with neighbors.
The impetus for his rezoning petition is the
Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos, center, listens to testimony from Lee Hutton during Monday’s public hearing on a controversial rezoning request.