Bowlingly owners seek to hold large events
QUEENSTOWN — The new owners of Bowlingly Estate, Sean and Kellee Glass from Washington D.C.; Key West, FL; and San Francisco, CA, have submitted their plan to the Queenstown Board of Appeals to hold large weddings and corporate events with up to 300 guests on the estate during the week and on weekends.
The plan — which is now being reviewed by the town’s board of appeals — will be discussed at a hearing on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the Queenstown Town Hall to allow residents to bring their concerns and questions to the Appeals Board for their consideration before they vote on the Glasses’ plan.
The board encourages all Queenstown citizens to attend. Each person will have two minutes to speak. The town anticipates many neighbors will attend to voice their opinions.
The property, at 111 Bowlingly Circle in Queenstown, is zoned Residential-1 and also listed in the Historical Trust.
The property’s website describes Bowlingly Estate, built in 1733, as one of the oldest dated constructions on the central Eastern Shore. The house is purported to have historic significance as well, “According to the contemporary account of a local militia officer, Major Thomas Emory — the home was pillaged by the British during the War of 1812. At dawn on August 13, 1813, a flotilla of English ships landed at Bowlingly’s wharf. The British troops severely damaged the house before encountering the local militia,” describes the estate’s website.
The 10,000 square foot , single-family home, sits on 10 acres and sold in 2014 for $2.45 million. The property is adjacent to Queenstown Creek and faces the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay.
As an incorporated town, Queenstown has its own zoning ordinances. According to the town zoning ordinance, “The purpose of the R-1 District regulations is to provide for a pleasant, quiet, hazardfree residential environment in which residential and related uses are permitted. Presently developed single-family residential areas are included in this district which may include areas planned for similar development in the future.”
Residents have presented a list of concerns to the Queenstown Commissioners that includes the safety of children and pedestrians; increased traffic, including large buses; additional and potentially illegal parking of vehicles in town; limited or blocked access to emergency vehicles; intolerable levels of noise; trash; ill effects caused by alcohol use of those visiting the town and property; and additional costs to townspeople.
Citizens pointed out that 300 additional visitors to the Bowling Estate — if permitted — is nearly half the population of Queenstown.
A concerned citizens meeting was held July 9 at the Methodist church and those unable to attend that meeting or the town meeting on the July 19 are encouraged to email friendsofqueenstown@gmail. com.
Bowlingly was built in 1733 and is one of the oldest dated structures on the Mid-Shore.