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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
The Planning staff has sent comments back to the developer of the Eastport Shopping Center to address several concerns:
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:
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.
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