Bay Aging plans more apartments
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors approved a special exception permit on Jan. 20 to allow Bay Aging Apartments Middlesex Inc. to build a second phase of dwellings at Port Town Village on Old Virginia Street, just outside of Urbanna.
The approval of the special exception will allow up to 30 multi-family dwellings to be built for elderly housing in a General Business District. However, currently, Bay Aging only has funding to build 12 units directly to the rear of the current dwellings.
Supervisor Jack Miller said he was in favor of the project because in the past Bay Aging has worked with the county to make the current facility compatible with the neighborhood. After construction of the first phase, there were issues concerning lighting, and efforts were made by Bay Aging to make the lights less glaring.
Supervisor Kenneth W. Williams said these homes for lower-income elderly are much needed in Middlesex County. “We have a large population of elderly people and these homes are allowing some of them to stay here in a nice, safe environment,” he said.
In other matters, the board:
- Approved a special exception permit for two years that will allow Brian Thacker of Cardinal Waste Services to operate a solid waste collection business in a Low Density Rural District next to the closed Middlesex County landfill and the current Stormont trash collection convenience center. Thacker uses his land to store and maintain trucks and containers, not to dispose of waste.
Supervisors earlier required Thacker to run soil tests to confirm that he is not contaminating the land. During the Jan. 20 meeting, the results of the tests were released and supervisors seemed confident that Cardinal Waste Services is not creating environmental problems.
“He has done everything that we have asked him to do,” said supervisor Fred Crittenden. “I think we need to go ahead and approve it.”
Supervisor Jack Miller was more cautious. He suggested that the application be good for one year and during this time the county could monitor the business. Then, Thacker could reapply after one year.
County attorney Mike Soberick said he felt one year was not fair to Thacker. “He is making an investment in this property and a one-year permit may not warrant the investment.”
Miller changed his motion to two years, and the board of supervisors approved the special exception unanimously.
- Approved reappointments of William Bagby and R.D. Johnson to the Dragon Run Steering Committee, and Robert Leboeuf to the Industrial Development Authority.