An­nie’s mov­ing, mak­ing way for apart­ments

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTOPHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER KERSEY

An­nie’s restau­rant is not clos­ing, but rather mov­ing into new build­ing.

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