Ches. City fu­ture at heart of re­zon­ing case

Ravens can’t com­plete come­back in loss to Pa­tri­ots Res­i­dents speak out against Ches. Inn re­quest

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

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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

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Ch­e­sa­peake City Mayor Dean Geraci­mos, cen­ter, lis­tens to tes­ti­mony from Lee Hut­ton dur­ing Mon­day’s pub­lic hear­ing on a con­tro­ver­sial re­zon­ing re­quest.

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