Eastport Civic Association

P.O. Box 3539

Annapolis, MD 21403

eca@eastportcivic.org

Construction Projects

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ECA's Architecture and Zoning Committee has provided these resources on construction projects that may be of concern to the residents of Eastport. Questions and concerns about building in Eastport can be sent to architecture@eastportcivic.org.



ECA Letter to the Mayor RE: Annapolis Development

 
January 10, 2017
​Letter from the ECA to Mayor Mike Panteliedes
​RE: Eastport Traffic Studies and Proposed Developments (PDF)



South Annapolis Yacht Center

 

September 13, 2016
Letter from the ECA to Annapolis Planning and Zoning
​RE: Review of the Final Site Plan Submission for the South Annapolis Yacht Center



Annapolis Yacht Club - Eastport Annex


Development information can be found on etrakit.annapolis.gov, (click on "Search", click on "Search by Project #", enter project number SDP2016-011 for Annapolis Yacht Club).


​Site Design Plan Review approval (PDF)


​​Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities (PDF)



Eastport Shopping Center

 

The Planning staff has sent comments back to the developer of the Eastport Shopping Center to address several concerns: 

  • traffic flow
  • pedestrian and bicycle safety and circulation
  • adequacy of parking
  • height, mass and scale (size of the development in the context of the Eastport neighborhood)


You can review a summary of those questions (PDF), prepared by Peter Bittner.


The April 5th Town Hall sponsored by Alderman Ross Arnett joined by Mayor Mike Pantelides provided an opportunity to hear about the proposed development for the Eastport Shopping Center property and for residents to express support and concerns and get questions answered. A large crowd packed the Fire Station meeting room and Mayor Pantelides noted that there had been more comments filed with the City on ESC than any other location because it is a defining community project.  He noted that it is not a done deal.

Vic Pascoe, ECA President, said that it was the role of ECA to get the membership involved, that we have received many letters and the majority have not been in favor of residential, want more retail, and want to come up with something that is not this imposing building.  Ross concurred with the Mayor and Vic and added that he is most interested in more retail, found constituents were not necessarily interested in more neighbors and do not think the proposed building is in the scale of the Eastport community. Ross also said he was challenging the calculations of the builder about the number of units they were entitled to by right.

Pete Gutwald, Director of Planning and Zoning, reviewed the considerations in the review of any proposal starting with the Comprehensive Plan, Element studies and zoning. He noted that the ESC proposal was in a category of “planned development/mixed use” which permits negotiations between the Planning staff and the developer outside of the zoning prescriptions. The Planning Commission will make the final decision about the project, not the Council or the staff. Leo Wilson, architect for the proposed development called “The Lofts”, described the project facts and plans of the 127 apartment proposal.  He showed those attending what the buildings would actually look like up against the existing buildings around the proposed 4 story structure to get a realistic picture of how it would fit in with everything already there. He talked about what the community amenities would be added to Eastport in the ground floor of the apartment building structure including an open specialty food market and community gathering spaces.

Questions from residents added additional information:

  • Traffic:  A number of questions related to added traffic and current infrastructure in the corridor of the proposed building including concerns about what Watergate Apartment additions might create. The validity of the 2015 traffic study was questioned if one considered the need to get out of Eastport daily or in an emergency with existing traffic back up. The study did not appear to take into consideration future growth.  Leo said that the developers would put money in escrow for any traffic problems that developed later and that they had proposed to the City putting in new crosswalks .
  • Retail Space: The comment was made that when demolishing Adams Rib and the theater space, the new proposal does not add any retail space at that location. Most of the 52,000 square foot first floor of the new proposal is not retail leaving no more retail space on the Eastport peninsula and no more retail within reach for lower income residents.
  • Apartment Mix: 127 apartments planned with 70% being studio or 1 bedroom and the balance will be 2 bedroom.  They will all be rentals with the rent ranging around $1350-2,500/month. When asked the developers said that the building units are for young professionals, and seniors and they do not expect many children. Developers said that they already had expressed interest in the apartments.
  • Parking: Pete Gutwald was asked if the planning staff would hold to the Mayor’s promise not to reduce the required parking spaces below 522. Others just said that they wanted the threshold of parking from the current proposal and calculations. Another person thought that there was no such thing as half a car so the parking decision should not be based on that.
  • Size and Character: Questions came up if the proposed project complied with size and character of Eastport. Pete Gutwald said that the question of whether the proposed residential building is in character with the surrounding community continues to be an open question. Whether the proposal complies will be decided ultimately by the Planning Commission. Leo said that he may be able to “mitigate the perception of scale”.  One member of the residents hoped that he could create a win-win middle ground in terms of scale.
  • Developers: The developers of the project are Alex Kopicki and Jeff Jacobson, Solstice Partners of Baltimore, MD.


Letters and email to the City are still being added to the public record so if you have not expressed your view, you still can. There will be a community meeting with the Planning Commission and finally the Planning Commission hearing. (dates not yet determined) Citizen participation will be important at both the meeting and the hearing.


Actions for Residents

  • Review development on etrakit.annapolis.gov, (click on "Search", click on "Search by Project #", enter project number PD2016-002 for Eastport Shopping Center). Look at the Application drawings pdf and look at the other information about the development and see if you agree with that development being on that location. Review and think about where water run-off is going or what it means for traffic, for example.
  • With the drawings in mind or on an ipad, visit the actual site and imagine as best you can how the proposed 4 story building will affect the entire surrounding neighborhood. Does it fit in your view or is there something more you want to learn.
  • Let Councilman Ross Arnett know your thoughts or questions: aldarnett@annapolis.gov (443.745.2901) and let ECA know too. ecapresident@eastportcivic.org.  ECA will then know if a group of members want ECA to be getting involved.