Ocean park

Ocean Park community ready to work with Marlin Bay developer on next steps after project pulls out

Plans for a nearly 200-unit apartment complex in Virginia Beach’s Shore Drive neighborhood have been halted.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Author’s Note: The above video is archived as of October 19, 2021.

After weeks of protests against the development of Marlin Bay, the city council allowed the developers to withdraw their proposal on Tuesday evening.

It would have been a 197-unit luxury apartment complex with a swimming pool and garage.

The question now is what’s next for the developers of Marlin Bay.

Ocean Park Civic League president Danny Murphy has opposed the development since it was first proposed.

“It would certainly stand out and being directly adjacent to Pleasure House Point, which is about 118 acres of natural area, it would really have been a problem next door in terms of size and scale,” Murphy said.

For weeks, the neighbors of the Ocean Park district of Virginia Beach have been proclaiming a clear message: “No Way Marlin Bay”. The signs are scattered on the lawns of the community.

“They wanted something reasonable and appropriate for the neighborhood,” Murphy said. “I was really surprised by the support we received.”

In the city council chamber on Tuesday night, the developer’s lawyer, Lisa Murphy, said the plan was pulled in a bid to hit the reset button on the project.

Murphy said the community has its own idea of ​​what neighbors would like to see here.

“For me, I just think anything that would improve the city, provide affordable housing would be good and increase property values ​​within the community,” Murphy said.

He added that he was looking forward to talking with the developers about the future of this land.

“We are happy to see that there are no plans for the 200 unit apartment complex, but we would like to work with them to redevelop the lots into something that really matches and enhances the neighborhood,” he said. he declares.

“I really think we would look at anything they come up with. I think we are ready and we accept the redevelopment of the land, but we just like to be adapted to the neighborhood. »

Murphy said the developers were going back to the drawing board to work with the community on what would work best for Ocean Park.

Renderings show what would have been the Marlin Bay complex at the corner of Marlin Bay and Shore Drive. At the moment it is a boat storage yard.