May rezoning be the important thing to rebirth for the deserted oyster manufacturing unit in East Marion?
With the city’s complete plan as a information, officers are exploring choices for the 18-acre property, which has been an eyesore and supply of security issues for greater than a decade.
At a piece session Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Russell distributed a draft zoning evaluation compiled by planning division workers that explores completely different choices for rezoning the property.
“Now that the great plan is finished, the city goes to take a look at probably altering the zoning on that property, maybe even a cut up zone. One thing that may be per the land use of the hamlet and preserving in thoughts the financial element of the chapter,” Mr. Russell stated. “It wants a considerable quantity of cleanup.”
The deteriorating former oyster manufacturing unit has been vacant for many years and eyed because the potential website of various ventures over time, together with a resort and wellness middle generally known as Oki-Do and a sustainable fishery.
In 2017, two younger males had been injured after falling 20 ft by way of the second flooring of the manufacturing unit constructing and later sued the city for negligence.
The property has been the topic of foreclosures and sale proceedings for a number of years, and a public public sale of the waterfront property, scheduled to happen in August 2019, by no means occurred.
In keeping with the draft planning evaluation, the property is at present zoned Marine II, which permits quite a lot of water-dependent makes use of together with marinas, yacht golf equipment, boatyards, aquaculture and boat gross sales. It’s surrounded by largely residential makes use of.
Potential zoning districts to contemplate if the property is rezoned embrace Hamlet Density, which allows a mixture of housing varieties close to hamlet facilities; Resort Residential, which may permit for a small lodge or motel; in addition to conventional Residential-40 and Marine I zones. The board may additionally contemplate a cut up rezoning of the property to create extra alternatives.
Of their draft report, planning workers famous that the rationale for added residential zones is that the encircling neighborhood is now extra residential than when the parcel was a functioning business oyster manufacturing unit.
“It’s a property that may generate curiosity,” Mr. Russell stated.
In an interview Tuesday, East Marion Group Affiliation president Ellen Zimmerman stated the way forward for the Oki-Do property is one in all their high issues. As a gaggle, they need to make sure that something that occurs there’s per the encircling space.
“We’ve got an curiosity in sustaining the character of the neighborhood,” Ms. Zimmerman stated. She stated the Oki-Do proposal, which included plans for a 114-room lodge, two eating places, a spa, pool, reward store and man-made lake, was too intensive for the property.
“It’s an actual eyesore,” Ms. Zimmerman stated. “However it’s one thing that might be an actual worth to the neighborhood if it had been cleaned up.”