Ocean park

Ocean Park residents upset over planned development of Marlin Bay residential complex

The new condo complex will be located on Shore Drive if approved by the Virginia Beach City Council.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — We take a look at a neighborhood in Virginia Beach where some people are upset about plans for a new luxury residential community.

Developers plan to build a 197-unit apartment complex on the corner of Marlin Bay and Shore Drive in the Ocean Park neighborhood near Chic’s Beach.

But a group of neighbors asks the city not to approve the project.

Ocean Park Civic League president Daniel Murphy says he’s not opposed to the idea of ​​development, he just thinks the unit is too big and doesn’t fit in with the community.

“We’re really concerned about what this is going to do to this close-knit neighborhood with so many units,” Murphy said. “We fully recognize that there needs to be development in the city, but what we are looking for is appropriate development and not at a density and scale that would destroy the tight-knit community and character of this neighborhood.”

Photos provided by the Virginia Beach Planning Department show what the condo community will look like if given the green light by the city.

The building consists of three to four stories, with a four-and-a-half story parking garage in the middle.

There would be approximately 190 units, food court space and retail space for the existing boat sales company on the property.

“It has to do with the density of the problem. They’re actually looking at about 32 units per acre,” Murphy said.

It’s 31.77 units per acre to be exact.

Over the weekend, Murphy handed out flyers to residents of the community asking neighbors to help “preserve” the neighborhood.

The leaflet states that the project would negatively affect the identity of Ocean Park.

“Almost everyone we spoke to, one person, objected to such a development on these lots,” Murphy said.

The project is still in its early stages. The planning commission will hold a public hearing on the matter in June, after which it will make a recommendation to city council, which has the final say on whether to go ahead with the project.

A spokesperson for the city’s planning department said it had received many letters from residents concerned about the development and that they would consider everything.

The public hearing is set for June 9. The company behind Marlin Bay has yet to return a request for comment.