The Cape Charles Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the sale of the library and two lots on Randolph Avenue on November 20th at 6:00 PM. The sale marks a significant change in the town’s development landscape.
In February 2023, the Town issued a broad request for proposals seeking developer concepts for the redevelopment of the Library building, including possible consideration of the two lots located directly behind the library which fronts on Randolph Avenue.
Based upon the responses received and subsequent discussions by the Library Project Review Committee with the proposers, the Town will be advancing discussion and contract negotiations with City & Guilds to purchase and renovate the Library building with the Town buying back the library portion of the building through a Condominium Agreement.
The remaining portion of the building and third floor would be developed into a single residential unit.
The two lots behind the library were originally slated to be part of the deal, but the developer has recently backed out of that purchase. The town is now considering selling the lots separately, with starting bids estimated to be around $300k.
An Issue to Watch
The rezoning and sale of the two vacant lots behind the library will close off the gravel driveway from Randolph. The driveway has acted as an access/service road for Mason Street businesses for many years, using it as a way to access the business property and receive deliveries without tying up traffic on Mason Avenue–the gravel driveway is recognized on the County Plat. The driveway is slated to be replaced by an 8-foot alley, making it impossible for delivery vehicles to access. Given the traffic nightmare that is Mason Avenue during the tourist season, this will only make matters worse.