While new housing starts have been down across the country, Cape Charles continues to see a robust upturn in this category. According to Code Enforcement Official Jeb Brady, “From June 1, 2016 through today seven new homes have been permitted, including three in Bay Creek/Marina Village and four in the Historic District. There are several more that are in for Historic Review or are going to be sent to Historic Review in the next couple of months. Also a major commercial renovation project in Peach Street Books that was permitted in that time.”
This week, Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for new construction were approved by the Historic District Review Board for 640 Washington Avenue and 401 Madison Avenue.
From Staff Report: The proposed building is a single-family home, built on a conforming size lot. The building footprint meets the setback\prevailing standard requirements of the zoning ordinance. This is a modular home and will have vinyl siding.
While the design for this new home was found generally acceptable, Chairman Joe Fehrer took issue with the vertical planks, which the applicant stated gave the home a ‘modern farmhouse’ aesthetic.
This is a two-story, 2129 square-foot, stick-built home and will have hardie plank siding. Thirty-year architectural shingles are proposed for the building’s roof, with metal proposed for the porch roof. The application was approved with the condition that vertical planks would not be used.