VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach City Council voted Tuesday to indefinitely delay a proposal for a new housing development.
Five Mile Stretch Associates, LLC wants to build 112 single family homes off Princess Anne Road between Holland Road and Nimmo Parkway. The Christopher Farms community would neighbor the development, and homeowners there are upset about the specific area planned for construction and the construction rezoning plans.
"Essentially what they're doing is putting smaller homes on smaller lots so they're able to get more homes on a very small amount of space," said local resident Lisa Hartman.
Another nearby homeowner, Lisa Lee, is worried about grave sites on the property where the development will go.
"There's a grave of Rev. Willis Brown, who was pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church in the 1880's to early 1900's, who was a very prominent member of this community,"Lee said. "And he's back there with some family members. There are some grave sites that are unmarked."
WAVY.com spoke to Reverend Brown's descendants who came to the council meeting Tuesday.
"It's time for the city to realize that we do have history here and not just throw it away," said Emma Barnard.
Council member Barbara Henley expressed concern before the meeting took place.
"There are a lot of issues we need to discuss, including compatibility with Princess Anne Road access, Christopher Farms neighborhood and the comprehensive plan," said Henley.
A representative for Five Mile Stretch Associates declined to comment.
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