Bowl­ingly own­ers seek to hold large events

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

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.

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