The Historic District Review Board approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for a grand, monumental structure at 8 Bay Avenue. The zero-hundred block of Bay Avenue fronts the Chesapeake Bay and has few homes currently there. This home will be massive, and will take up the entire triple lot parcel. Despite the size, staff found the proportions to the block acceptable.
Chairman Fehrer offered concerns that, given the size, the home could also qualify as a hotel, and could directly compete with new Hotel being renovated just around the corner. Sean Ingram of Quality Structures responded that the applicant had no intention to convert the home into a hotel or Bed and Breakfast, “No, they are going to retire here, and they in no way shape or form are planning to change this to a hotel. They plan on having family and friends visit for Thanksgiving and 4th of July…they’re going to need the space. They are going to retire here, but the applicant’s husband will still be working for a while so he can pay for all this.”
The home will include a four car garage on the first level as well as a full exterior deck.