Urbanna negotiating waterfront land lease
by Tom Chillemi
The Urbanna Town Council is negotiating with Urbanna businessman Bill Hight, who is a member of a corporation that wants to lease a narrow strip of land located where Virginia Street meets Urbanna Creek.
The property had been occupied by Payne’s Crab House and used as a crab-shedding facility for years. This business is no longer in operation.
Hight and the town council are in the final stages of negotiating, said town council attorney Andy Bury, who added he could not discuss the terms of the lease until it is approved by council.
At its August 19 meeting, council entered closed session to discuss the property with their attorney and Hight.
Following the closed session, council directed the mayor to be the applicant for a pier permit, said Bury. The town plans to replace the original pier, which is about 32 feet by 32 feet, with a similar-sized pier. In addition, a floating pier that would be connected to the stationary pier would extend toward the channel to a distance in line with the end of the boat slips at the neighboring condominiums, said Bury.
The town council and Hight, the lease applicant, worked closely with the adjoining landowners and reached a consensus on the length of the floating pier, said Bury.