Spa Creek zoning decision appealed Civic group seeks to challenge approval for office building

November 10, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The Eastport Civic Association has gone to court in an effort to prevent a warehouse on Spa Creek from becoming a 33,000-square-foot office building.

In the appeal, filed Friday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, the 400-member organization seeks to continue its battle with city planning officials over their approval of a plan that would allow the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to relocate at 222 Severn Ave., waterfront property.

"The issue here is not over the Chesapeake Bay Foundation or whether the CBF is maritime. The issue we have is with the size of the office building," said Robert McWilliams, past secretary of the Eastport civic group.

"If you build a building of that size, there is just no place to park the cars," he said.

McWilliams said the approved plan threatens surrounding homeowners because it does not include enough parking and would bring far too much traffic and too many parked cars to Eastport's narrow streets.

"We are a peninsula. There is only one way in and one way out," he said.

Also, he said, the maritime zone that covers that part of Annapolis was intended to keep low-density development as well as help Eastport retain its flavor by encouraging small, maritime-related businesses.

Lawyers for the estate of James E. Templeton, which owns the property, once part of the boatyard of famous yacht designer John Trumpy, could not be reached Friday.

The property would be leased to the foundation.

Earlier this year, they defended the plan, which has since received approval from city Department of Planning and Zoning.

"Much of the information about the project is simply inaccurate," James P. Nolan, attorney for the Templeton estate, said in March.

"Any improvements made to the site would comply with all city laws," Nolan said.

The Board of Appeals dismissed the Eastport organization's complaints in September, ruling that it lacked standing to appeal. The group's suit seeks to overturn that ruling.

Pub Date: 11/10/97

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