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From the Daily Press.com

HAMPTON - — The fate of vacant lots next to Buckroe Beach Park will be put to a council vote Wednesday, which could result in future development of condos and homes.

During much of the 20th century, a landmark amusement park stood at the spot. The city bought the land in the mid-1980s.

The proposal includes selling a 3.96 acre lot at the southeast corner of Mallory Street and Pembroke Avenue — the former Todd's Cottages site — to Tommy Thompson of Harrison & Lear and Peninsula Housing and Builders Association for $430,000.

Separately, the council will consider transferring three parcels — 3.85 acres total — to the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority for future redevelopment by two former NFL players turned developers, Norfolk natives Bruce Smith and William Fuller.

The acreage, grassy so-called "B lots," is often used for overflow parking. The housing authority can finance the sale of the land by accepting a note, while the city can accept only cash for land.

Any sale or transfer of land requires a supermajority vote, which means approval by six of seven council members.

Councilwoman Angela Leary has said she is against selling or transferring any land other than the Todd's Cottage site, which was put out for development proposals.

The plan has vocal opposition.

Buckroe resident Eddie Deerfield has told people to show up at the Council Chambers in protest.

"We're hoping to flood the place," Deerfield said.

Joan Charles of the Taxpayers Education Association counts 61 houses with private beach along the Chesapeake Bay from Pilot Avenue to the north end of First Street. North of there is the Salt Ponds public beach, but no parking, Charles said.

High-end development around Buckroe Beach Park, where there are a few hundred designated parking spaces, will only restrict the public from visiting that beach, she said.

"It's getting to be a class thing ... if you've got money, yeah, you can go to the beach," Charles said.

City officials and supporters of development say Buckroe needs newer, upscale housing to revitalize the area.

If you go The Hampton City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chambers, eighth floor of City Hall, 22 Lincoln St .


This coming Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. Hampton City Council plans to move forward with the rezoning in preparation of the sale of the Buckroe Beach B lots. We ask you to please attend the City Council meeting.

If you can not attend the meeting Wednesday evening, I urge you to contact City Council by email: council@hampton.gov.

This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or phone 757-727-6315.

Simply ask the Hampton City Council to NOT rezone or sell any of the Buckroe Beach B lots. The B lots should be preserved as open space and public access for Hampton residents and future generations.

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