Annie’s moving, making way for apartments
GRASONVILLE — Annie Paramount Steak and Seafood Restaurant will not be closing, but instead move into a new building with Red Eye’s at the Mears Point Marina where new residential buildings will be also constructed, according to Michael Katinas, Annie’s owner.
He made the announcement during the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce’s recent kickoff breakfast held at Annie’s.
“Annie’s is not closing,” Katinas said, followed by applause from those at the breakfast event. “There is a master plan here at Mears Point Marina, which I thoroughly support. And they are going to build rental condos all the way around and eventually [the Annie’s building] will be torn down.”
There will be a new building which will incorporate Red Eye’s and Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House. Annie’s will be smaller at that location, but there will still be room for special events, he said.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission unanimously approved a major site plan for Mears Point where the new construction will take place.
The plan calls for constructing four new apartment buildings with a total of 211 units, reconfiguring the existing Red Eye’s for the new restaurant, and adding and reconfiguring the parking areas, according to a staff report presented to the Planning Commission.
The property is located in the Kent Narrows in the northeast quadrant along Kent Narrows Way North and is currently developed with a marina, multiple commercial buildings including a dock bar, athletic club, and a pool area.
Michael Wisnosky, director of the Queen Anne’s County Planning Zoning, said the property owner has six months to meet the conditions set by the Planning Commission and get the final approval, But if that time frame isn’t met, the property owner can come back to the Planning Commission for an extension, which happens frequently, Wisnosky said.
The dock bar currently on the property will stay, said Holly Tompkins, development review principal planner for the county.
There is a required 300foot shore buffer, but the Planning Commission waived it. Wisnosky explained that the property is already developed with a marina.
The property owner is the Mears Point Associates based in Rockville, and the developer is Southern Management Corp with offices in Halethorpe. Neither could be reach for comment.
Mears Point Associates earlier presented its plans to the Kent Narrows Development Foundation whose board of directors by a majority vote recommended “favorable action on the site plan application,” said a Nov. 21 letter from the Foundation which was signed by Jody Schulz, chairman.
Also by majority vote, the board of directors also found that the proposed improvements were consistent with the Kent Narrows Community Plan, said the letter.
The Kent Narrows Development Foundation was created in May 1990 to facilitate the revitalization of the Kent Narrows, a 955-acre waterfront area, which has been identified as a strategically important asset for the future of Queen Anne’s County.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide guidance and oversight for the formulation of a strategy to balance new economic growth, community redevelopment, support for the county’s fishing and seafood industries, and public access to waterfront activities and amenities.
Plans for the Mears Point property, zoned waterfront village center, have been in the planning stages for years. The original concept plan was submitted to the county on June 23, 2014.
The staff report to the Planning Commission praised the applicant for its work. “The applicant has worked diligently with staff from the beginning even before the concept plan was submitted in 2014 on various architectural designs,” said the report.
“Through extensive discussions and numerous meetings, the applicant has gone from providing no green area along the water or public access and a massive structure nearly encompassing the entire site to four buildings with space between for public and private open space, extensive green area, and features that come from the Kent Narrow Community Plan.”
Annie’s restaurant is not closing, but rather moving into new building.