Urbanna Inn gets approval and a new name
Following a public hearing on Monday, the Urbanna Town Council approved a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Chesapeake Development Group LLC to reopen the former Urbanna Inn as a mixed use property, which will be collectively known as “Chesapeake Commons.”
The new owners’ immediate plans are to re-open the 13-room hotel as The Chesapeake Inn, said project manager John Milby, who along with Bill Bridgeforth heads up the ownership group of Urbanna-area residents.
The group will work in stages to refurbish the property, said Milby. The Chesapeake Inn, housed in the original hotel building, will be the first phase to open. Each room is being completely redecorated and renovated. As the work progresses, changes are being noted in landscaping and the parking lot as well.
Plans for the main building include a restaurant facility, and retail and commercial space at a later time, Milby said.
An application has been made to the Urbanna Historic and Architectural Review Board (HARB) addressing proposed aesthetic changes to the Chesapeake Commons property. HARB will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the town hall to consider proposed changes to the Chesapeake Commons property, including signage, replacement of fencing, installment of awnings, replacement of columns, change in the exterior color, resurfacing the sidewalk, installment of an office door and windows on a current storage room, and re-shingling the existing mansard roof.
A copy of the application is available for review in the town hall.
The Chesapeake Inn also is planning a grand opening, inviting town residents and guests to see the changes and upgrades made to the hotel. A targeted opening date for the hotel is set for early May 2009, said Milby.
For questions about The Chesapeake Inn, to make future reservations, or to inquire about any of the available retail space, contact Milby at 804-445-5441.