Marlin Bay Apartment Complex Update

No application has been filed yet with the Planning Commission for the proposed development of the Marlin Bay Apartment complex. From our meeting with the developer, we know that they may be contemplating some changes in the project. However the change in zoning and the density and large scale that will be allowed by that change remains a cornerstone of the project.

While it may be premature to contact City Planning and the City Council until an application is submitted and is public, it is not too early to contact our city councilman, Mr. Louis Jones, so that he is aware of how Ocean Park residents feel about this project. Mr. Jones remains our elected representative and provides the most direct and influential channel for residents to express their deep concerns.

Mr. Jones has consistently gone to bat for his Bayside constituents. Residents were strongly against being included in the STR overlay district and Mr. Jones came to hear the community’s opinions and he had Ocean Park removed from the STR Overlay district. In the January19, 2021 City Council Meeting, Mr. Jones stood with the residents of Chesapeake and Chics Beach as they opposed the zoning change for the Windsong apartments. Mr. Jones spoke at the City Council meeting about the Windsong Apt development: “This development would create a change in lifestyle for them and their community. The fact that we have multistory apartments backing up to single family residences is a negative to the lifestyle and the happiness of the people who already exist there. It’s not just an economic issue. The developers are asking the City Council to allow these folks to come in and develop this type of development in the middle of their community. And they don’t want it. As their councilman I don’t blame them and I make a motion to deny this application.link to: video of City Council Meeting Jan. 19 2021

Residents are encouraged to contact Mr. Jones and voice their concerns about this project.

email: ljones@hollomon-brown.com or lrjones@vbgov.com

postal address:

Louis Jones

2401 Courthouse Dr. Building #1

Room 281

Municipal Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

Phone: 757-583-0177

link to City Council Page: Council Member for information about Mr. Jones

Sample letter ideas:

Mr. Jones:

I am writing to ask for your support in opposing the proposed rezoning and development at Shore Drive and Marlin Bay from B2/PDH1 to a conditional B4 zone. While I am not opposed to all future development on this site, I do have significant concerns regarding the type of rezoning being proposed for the Marlin Bay Apartment Complex.

  • This type of apartment complex does not fit into the historic neighborhood of single family, duplexes, and townhouse homes that is Ocean Park.
  • Large apartment complexes are clustered together near other dense-land spaces, and not in small long-established neighborhoods, making such a proposed plan incongruent with the limited footprint that exists within Ocean Park.
  • Once the property is rezoned, the developers could further develop the property. The parcels are not under one ownership. If the Boat Sale parcel segregates itself, it could be redeveloped as a separate parcel.
  • My opposition is also based on these probable negative effects: the loss of neighborhood and community character, a decrease in the market value of my home and increased traffic congestion, adding to an already dangerous Shore Drive corridor.

Very respectfully,

Rezoning for Marlin Bay Apartments

Developer’s request for zoning change to build 222-unit apartment complex in Ocean Park

Negative Impacts on Ocean Park

The developer is asking the city to alter the current zoning for the properties at Marlin Bay from B2/PDH1 to conditional B4 in order to allow a residential density that is far above existing density in Ocean Park. A four story monolithic building for hundreds of people and 4 1/2 story parking garage for 372 cars in the heart of Ocean Park do not fit among the single family homes, duplexes and townhouses on our narrow streets.

This project is not consistent with the Corridor Plan for Shore Drive which city staff planners turn to when making their recommendations for projects in Ocean Park. Here is a quote from the staff recommendation for recent townhouses: “Planning policies that apply to this request include.. preserving and protecting the character of established neighborhoods and achieving the lowest reasonable density.” Another quote from a staff planner in recommending approval of a recent project in Ocean Park: “The proposed rezoning is consistent with the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan for Shore Dr. Corridor by promoting compatible infill development at a density compatible to the surrounding area.”

These concerns were voiced by the Bayfront Advisory Commission:

  • Main concern is the height, massing and scale of the project.
  • A four story building that is that long along Shore Drive does not comply with the Shore Drive Corridor Plan.
  • The boat sale parcel could segregate itself and then be developed separately.
  • A four story structure across the driveway from 2 story townhouses is overbearing.
  • It’s all about jamming as many units as possible into the project.

This proposed complex is not compatible infill development and will not preserve and protect the character of the established neighborhoods. It is not reasonable density. These properties should not be rezoned for this project.

Environmental study needs to be performed to determine the impact on PHP .

Here is the Marlin Bay development website to get information from the company developing the project. https://www.marlinbayvb.com

Update from March 4th Meeting

The March General Membership Meeting convened on March 4th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Meetings are open to all residents of Ocean Park. In order to participate in a vote, a resident needs to be a member in good standing which means paid up in 2021 dues. ( go here to pay your dues ). In the meeting residents heard updates on the Marlin Bay Development, beach replenishment and the bylaws amendments were adopted. Here is the summary of the amendments Bylaws Amendments Summary. Here are the minutes for the meeting on Thursday: March 4 2021 General-Meeting-Minutes-draft

We want to say thank you to our board member, Mary Noonan, who has been very active and helpful in her relatively short time on the board. We all wish her and her family well as they move and start a new chapter! We will miss you! We welcome Susan Lawson who joins the board as the new Northside Rep. Susan is a Congressional Affairs officer for the Navy and has lived in Ocean Park for 5 years and in the Shore Drive area for 25 years. Welcome!

Looking for volunteers in all the right places! We have a lot going on and need some helping hands. Please consider joining in and contributing to OPCL on the Membership Committee . These folks keep the membership records and work on ways to promote membership in the league. Send an email to: president@opcl.org

Please pay your 2021 dues now! Let us know your street address and you will receive our new car/beach buggy/trash can sticker. Additional stickers can be obtained for $2 for members. Send an email to: communication@opcl.org

In the ‘Park

Please consider paying your 2021 dues now. Since we have not had our usual in person meetings and Spring and Fall social events, dues are not finding their way to OPCL. We are continuing the work as best we can and we do need the community to contribute their annual dues. Follow this link to pay: Join opcl Thank you!

Please let us know your street address so we can get a 2021 car sticker to you! communication@opcl.org

Excerpt from ” The Ocean Park Story” by Nadine Costenbader and the group she formed. This book is available at Tin Soldiers on Shore Dr.

Those of us who grew up in Ocean Park during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s cherish the memories of this small town-like community–no Mayberry RFD but close. We felt safe playing in the woods or on the beach, trick or treating, ‘dropping’ valentines, skating at a tennis court on Friday nights, sledding in the snow all day on the hill near the railroad tracks, waiting for a bus to take us shopping in Norfolk or to the movies at the beach, or sleeping on the front porch at night because there was no A/C. Everyone knew everyone! Even our school bus drivers lived just down the street.

The center of our world as we knew it in Ocean Park was the firehouse, conceived, constructed and manned by the people who lived there. This was a place where scouts met, girls had dance classes, Halloween and Christmas parties celebrated the holidays and “Junior Firemen” emulated their parents. During the Cold War, sky watchers/plane spotters had their own special place atop the building. Our mothers, fathers and neighbors organized and met as the Women’s Club and Ocean Park Volunteer Fire Department.

Milk was delivered on our doorsteps each week in glass bottles (cream on top!) from Bayville Farms. Right before Mother’s Day, the delivery included a bouquet of peonies. Bayville Farms also provided a source for potable water that we pumped into jugs from an artesian well.

We honor the men and women who were the founders of Ocean Park and dedicate this history to their hard work and determination to create this community and give it a true sense of small town America. We hope that those who have followed as residents will accept the torch that has been passed to you to preserve the area and its character. “

The Ocean Park History Project Committee: Nadine Costenbader, Chair

Judy Connors, Grace Moran, Anne Kane, Ann Lyon Ackiss, Susan Lyon, Susie Walston

reprinted here with permission from Nadine Costenbader

Better Days ahead!

A new way to be in the know! Join this group on Next Door that will take you right to posts that are specifically about Ocean Park: Next Door Group.

Pay your 2021 dues ($20 annually) and receive the new car sticker! Go to Join OPCL to renew or join! Join OPCL.org Send along your street address to get it in your mailbox: communication@opcl.org

What questions do you have about beach replenishment? Send your questions to : communication@opcl.org and we will try to get answers.

Next General Membership Meeting will be on March 4th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Check back here for Zoom login link.

This Week…

The February General Membership Meeting proceeded on Zoom last Thursday. Thanks to all the members who are willing to wrestle with the technology to come together and keep the work of the civic league going! And hurray for all the folks who have joined in over these last 10 months! The continued involvement of the membership is crucial and appreciated. But we miss the fun of the social events and we look forward to their return and to seeing our neighbors again!

At the meeting on Thursday, the 2021 budget was introduced by Blake Norris and approved by the membership. Betty Demers summarized the bylaw updates that she and Paul Schubert have been working on: Bylaws Amendments Summary.docx. They will be voted on in the March meeting. Carly Swift gave a report on the meeting with the developers concerning the Marlin Bay Project: Report. Jill Doczi gave an overview of the situation with beach replenishment. Read the full minutes of the meeting for further details here: February 4 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thank you to those who have paid their 2021 dues! Send us your street address to get your cool car sticker for 2021: communication@opcl.org . To join OPCL for the first time or to renew your membership go to : Join OPCL

The lead photo this week comes from Ocean Park resident Grant Simmons who it turns out has a collection of vintage historic beach photos at vintagevirginiaphotos.com

Pay Your 2021 Membership Dues Now!

Annual membership dues that support the civic league are due in January. Please consider using Paypal and joining or renewing your membership now. The new 2021 stickers will arrive shortly! Pay your dues and get a 2021 sticker. (as long as the supply holds out!)

How can you pay? Go to Join OPCL (even if you are renewing) and sign up to pay by Paypal. Or you can send a check to the PO Box. Here is the link: Join OPCL

January General Meeting

The first General Membership meeting of the new 2021 year kicked off on Thursday, January 14th on the Zoom platform. Danny Murphy took the helm in his first meeting as President. The meeting highlighted updates on STRs, Marlin Bay, and the LOVE sign as well as a preliminary look at the 2021 budget and By Laws Revision. Take a look at the draft minutes of the meeting: General Membership Meeting minutes-January 2021.docx

January is the BEST month to pay your dues or become a member of OPCL. The membership fee is still only $20 and if you pay or renew by PayPal in January you will help OPCL. Paying now in January and using electronic means helps the civic league know how much in dues is coming in and who are our members. Please consider using PayPal and renewing or starting your membership now at the beginning of the year.

Throughout these months of restrictions since last March, OPCL has continued to work hard to keep the community informed and take action on the community’s behalf on issues such as: STR Overlay Plan, Marlin Bay Development, PHP North, Marlin Bay Extension, Beach Replenishment, and Fireworks among others. Please support OPCL by renewing or joining now.

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