VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The Cavalier Hotel project could mean smaller yards for neighbors in Virginia Beach.
The land in question is a 50-foot strip known as Cavalier Park.
A deed that dates back to 1927 says the strip, which borders the private Cavalier Drive, belongs to the Cavalier property and its new owner Bruce Thompson.
Earlier this month, Thompson announced plans to restore the old hotel and build upscale cottages around it. Neighbors worry Thompson is planning to build those cottages in their front yards.
Pink flags from surveyors were left in the grass at the 16 homes affected. In some cases, the property line eliminates entire yards, leaving residents with only a few feet to their front doors.
"We're just not looking for a project that does detriment to the houses that have existed here for some 60 and 70 years," said one citizen at a city council meeting two weeks ago.
The residents collectively hired an attorney to represent them in the case, should that be necessary.
"I would like all of you to consider the families who live there, call that place home and plan to retire there," said one neighbor at the same council meeting.
In response, Thompson sent residents a formal letter to inform them of the four options he is considering for Cavalier Park.
They are as follows:
- Keep it the way it is, but remove private fixtures and add recreational equipment
- Install walls on the property line
- Sell it as one piece to the homeowners
- Divide the land into 16 parcels, sell to each owner individually
Thompson asked for input, saying he hopes the project is a win-win for everyone. But his words and pink flags made residents more anxious than ever.
The letter says Thompson and residents will meet at the end of the month. After that, he will announce which option he plans to pursue.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.
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