By Ted Shockley

 

Plans for a fresh food sales market and dining room in a former agricultural shed near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel have received governmental approval.

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors voted to grant Eyre Baldwin and Amy Brandt of Pearl LLC a permit to open a sales market, dubbed a “food hub,” to sell and prepare local agricultural and aquacultural products.

“We’ve had an incredible amount of response,” said Baldwin of the project. At the food hub, people could by locally sourced food as retail items or enjoy some steamed clams and a locally produced beer on the grounds.

Baldwin hopes to open this spring.

Bill Parr, a local real-estate broker, spoke in favor of the project, saying he liked the concept and its approval it would “send a message to investors and business people and property owners” that the county was interested in investment.

Part of the discussion included a plethora of questions of Baldwin by the county planning commission during a recent meeting. Spencer Murray, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said county staff reports about zoning proposals needed to include more information about projects.

Glen Anders of the planning commission agreed, saying the impression that the planning commission was against the project was “not true.”

Supervisor John Coker applauded Baldwin’s idea.

“This is something we’ve needed,” he said.