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New look on the town horizon

The old boathouse of the former Urbanna Yachting Center on Urbanna Creek is being torn down to make way for new floating piers. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The vista coming into the Town of Urbanna is changing. The large wooden boathouse at the foot of Watling Street, at the site of the old Urbanna Yachting Center, is going to be replaced with floating piers.

John and Barbara Mullins of Bridge Marina LLC are reshaping the marina location, but will not enlarge or expand the current marina’s footprint, said Urbanna Zoning Administrator John Gill. “If they decide they want to expand the footprint of the marina in any way, they have to come back to the town,” he said.

The HARB committee approved the Mullinses’ application at a February 24 meeting. The old marina store building is being replaced by a modern facility. HARB also agreed that the old boathouse could be razed and replaced with floating piers.
VMRC has also approved the Mullinses’ application.

The old marina store/old oyster shucking house building has already been torn down, and a new store building is currently under construction.

The property was previously owned by Potomac Timber Investments, which wanted to place a 14-unit condominium project on the site. In June of 2008, Potomac Timber Investments sued the Urbanna Town Council for $4.5 million when council denied the project over a site plan issue. The suit was eventually dropped but the property has been relatively unproductive over the span of the lawsuit. The property was purchased by the Mullinses in 2014.

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posted 07.22.2015

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